Photographs by Tom
RYWS tee (gifted) / Isabel Marant Soan leather biker pants / Saint Laurent heels / Karen Walker coat
I'm an absolute sucker for a tee with a numbered back. Yes they have been done by a few brands over the past one to two seasons, but I just can't move past them. To me, they are seasonless and the perfect mix of sporty cool. Which leads me to this tee. I received an email a while back from Kayleigh of RYWS regarding her and her boyfriend's collaboration on their new tee shirt line. I was immediately attracted to the designs. The numbered back naturally drew my focus, but I also feel for the boldness of the front print. The contrast between the front and back print was unique to anything I had seen before. I asked Kayleigh to fill me in on where the print initial idea and inspiration came from. Basically they each chose two themes that they were interested in. Kayleigh's being the brand Les Plus Dores & Josh Goot and her boyfriends being Givenchy and sportswear. With that idea they came up with a little parody of all those four themes which ended with the design.
Although RYWS is still rather small when it comes to the variety of styles, I love that they have focused on quality rather than having an expansive line. Getting the foundations right to build on and taking pride in what they produce. Quality over quantity. That and the prices are well below what I would expect to pay in a store. At $40 for a tee, the tees are exceptionally good value.
A heads up... RYWS's instagram and Tumblr are a visual feast so be sure to drop by http://instagram.com/rywsthelabel and http://nomoneynoremote.tumblr.com.
I really love hearing about people starting out, taking risks and pushing themselves. Taking on something that interests them although it may be foreign.
Just for the sake of clarity, although RYWS was kind enough to gift me this tee, I believe in the integrity of an honest review. So thank you RYWS for the tee. It is absolutely gorgeous!