Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

When Mon­cler art direc­tor Francesco Ragazzi made a trip to Los Angeles to take photos of the skate­board­ers at Venice Beach, he was so struck by what he saw that his ca­reer path changed for­ever. One of the images he cap­tured—an an­gelic, long-haired skate­boarder sus­pended mid-air in a halo of sun­light—was so pow­er­ful that it in­spired him to pro­duce a cof­fee ta­ble book. Riz­zoli pub­lished Palm An­gels, a cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­can skate­board­ing cul­ture, in 2014. Phar­rell Wil­liams wrote a fore­word for the book, which fea­tures strik­ing black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy and cre­ated a lot of buzz. Ragazzi took his ob­ses­sion with the sub­cul­ture fur­ther by de­sign­ing a line of ready-towear cloth­ing, with his de­but Palm An­gels col­lec­tion ar­riv­ing for au­tumn/win­ter 2015 to much ac­claim. The new sea­son’s uni­sex de­signs de­liver an as­sort­ment of up­scale, skate-in­spired ap­parel and ac­ces­sories—a lively com­bi­na­tion of an Ital­ian sar­to­rial slick­ness and the laid­back vibe of south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. With its slightly preppy ’70s-in­flected blaz­ers, flared trousers, but­ton­downs, biker jack­ets and tees adorned with Cal­i­for­nian iconog­ra­phy, Palm An­gels cap­tures the rugged grace of LA skate cul­ture per­fectly.

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