It is “joie de vivre” caught in the act, but also the elegant melancholy of the perfume of Gauloises and Pernod. Enjoying the notes of Cesare Picco. It is a tribute to that which Jean-Luc Godard described as ‘The splendour of the real’. Memory of tomorrow and of always. A walk along the shore-line, in the border which marks the edge of the world: it is end and beginning, free zone for thoughts and actions. Kean has drawn inspiration from the cornerstones, the traditional elements of fi ne men’s clothing, and translated them into his language, and takes you on a journey along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. He has taken inspiration from the wind and the light, from those indefi nable sentiments instilled by the marine atmospheres of the present, but whose wisdom belongs to the beginnings of time. Like in a promenade between Saint-Tropez and Cadaqués worthy of Robert Walser for the vital energy, from the density of the blues, which form the backdrop to exuberant oranges and red, from the perfume of Provence within the lavender and strawberry, to the calm power of the colours of the earth which slopes gently to the sand.
The atmosphere is intimate, composed and genteel with unexpected outbreaks of joy: you meet petanque players, sailors, playboys, intellectuals. The volumes are generous, the fabrics light and ready to welcome even the slightest of breezes. The quick rhythm is given by the saturation of colour: Paisley, the distinctive pattern, becomes as light as a shadow, watermarked, hidden in the linings or decisive and peremptory like a tattoo on the knitwear. Three fabrics shirts, classic polo shirts feature loosely fi tted shoulders, jackets are constructed but never excessive in their precision.
elegant yet free and easy, Mediterranean, optimistic, composed, disciplined
THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN:
the carefree light-heartedness of the late 1950s, la Nouvelle Vague, the ingenuity of the beginnings and joie de vivre.
cotton jersey, georgette (for the linings), silk burette
could be defined as loose, generous, reactive
blue (abysse, cassis, mauve), orange, lavender, mimosa, mure (blackberry), fraise (strawberry)
stripes, tartans, Paisley, small conversational motifs (dolphins, seahorses, little boats, anchors, racquets or tennis balls)
sailor-style duffle bags
THE GREAT RETURN:
the composè, the bomber jacket