Inspired by Detroit 1970-1980, a decade in which the city was seen both at its best and worst, Ernest W. Baker presented their AW19 collection during Paris Fashion Week.
The collection takes reference to the co-designers grandfather and 92 year old muse, Ernest W. Baker. With a sense of nostalgia, an intention is made to reinterpret classic garments that feel as if they were taken from Ernest’s closet.
Researching Detroit from the 70s and the authentic spirit of the city brought the designers to the prolific work of Dave Jordano. A Detroit native photographer, who work documented the ins and outs of the city’s life throughout the 70’s. A glimpse into the various subcultures of Detroit brings inspiration for the season’s looks, providing a rich cast of characters representative of the eccentric Detroit locals.
Classic looks blend with a post-industrial feeling, the collection is defined on these two contradictory elements. Contrasting blue collar details with a soft edge, or vice versa, seen in garments such as silk carpenter trousers, denim blazers and virgin wool trucker jackets.
Established by designers Reid Baker and Inês Amorim, from the United States and Portugal, the collections blends their cultural influences between European elegance and an American rawness.