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Spanish menswear designer Josep Abril

was born, raised, studied and now works in his native Barcelona.

(image from sonarkids.com):

He seems to enjoy ‘staying close to home’.

Yet, his design sensibility is far from insular and expected,

but rather is experimental and thoughtful –

bringing a new level of dimensionality to his designs.

Señor Abril launched his first menswear collection in 1996

and subsequently has been the recipient of several awards

from the Spanish fashion industry, including:

The Gaudi Prize for New Designers, 1991

GQ Award for Best Men’s Wear Designer in the Country, 2004

Barcelona es Moda Award for Best Professional, 2008

His menswear offering for a/w 2014

effortlessly brings together several design points:

– deconstruction/reconstruction creating a different manner

to how his clothes rests on the body

– tab closures on jacket/overcoats

– thick rope braiding details on knitwear

– fabric choices for visual depth and texture

There is an urban vibe to his pieces,

styling for a modern man with a bit of an adventurous spirit.

Deconstruction/reconstruction:  boiler suiting 

Deconstruction/reconstruction:  overcoat

Over-alls,  overhauled

2 bags are better than 1

Knit braiding

Tab closure

Textured fabric