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Fashion team favourite: Kempes' spring 15 collection

The new menswear brand from designer Danny Passarella caught the eye of the Drapers fashion team this week.

At this time of year there are so many collections to see that navigating your way through trips to trade shows and showrooms, as well as the look books landing in our inboxes, can be overwhelming. New brands are popping up left, right and centre, so it takes something extra special to grab our attention, let alone the attention of travel-weary buyers.

The inaugural capsule collection from Kempes, the brainchild of designer Danny Passarella, has managed to do just that. Passarella, who has already made a name for himself through his T-shirt label Passarella Death Squad (stocked by the likes of End and Cruise), presents a 12-piece range for spring 15 using Japanese fabrics. The brightly coloured, high-end range contrasts with the more casual monochrome look of Pasarella Death Squad, showing a new direction for the designer.

Key pieces include suits in crimson red and bright blue, both featuring a bold silhouette of wide legged, pleat front trousers with turn-ups alongside a fitted 2SB jacket featuring modern, zip-up cuffs. The attention to detail really stands out.

For outerwear, a loose-fitting Japanese double-weave denim jacket is offered, with a distinctive pocket patch inspired by the Hippie Trail of the 1960s and 1970s. This psychedelic design also features across the casual side of the collection, appearing on T-shirts, shirts and sweaters. 15 oz Japanese denim is used for three jeans styles, including a straight fit, a loose fit and a wide-leg.

It won’t be showing at trade shows for the first season, but enquiries can be made via the number below. Wholesale prices start at £25 for a T-shirt up to £200 for a suit.

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