Mike Martin of MASH SF fame has just released this s/s 11 preview, continuing the growth of his cycling/contemporary menswear clothing label. I’ve been a big fan of everything I’ve seen from Martin Clothing in their 3 seasons thus far, and the pieces featured here seem pretty sharp as well… especially feeling the circle/square print seen above. Click through for a few more previews.
A line we’ve been following closely over the past year or so, Martin Clothing finally has a comprehensive web presence, thanks to the good folks at Blue Lug Japan. Martin Clothing is the project of Mike Martin, best known as the driving force behind MASH SF, the San Francisco track bike film/crew/brand that exposed the burgeoning fixed gear culture to a broader audience. Such an authentic feel to everything Martin puts his name to, yet his clothing endeavor has only been shown in bits and pieces, making this reveal nice to see for those who’ve been waiting for a closer look at the line. Regarding the relationship with Blue Lug, Martin states”it’s always refreshing to see others respond to what you’re passionate about. I have not been screaming about this project yet, just happy to be producing quality pieces with friends. It has been a truly hands on project with most, if not all styles made in San Francisco, start to finish.”
To me, the pieces look as strong as the previews have hinted at. Solid basic designs with an eye towards cycling functionality, without having the items overpowered by it. I really feel the jeans and pants, with unique yet subtle pocket designs practical for bike folk. Shirts and sweaters look nice as well, all interesting takes on tired-and-true basics. If the quality of the pieces is as it should be, Mike Martin is a serious new player in the congested menswear market. Click through to see all of Blue Lug’s Martin Clothing offerings.
Mike Martin one half of the Mash crew has branched off on his own to start a cycling clothing company, titled ‘Martin’. With the knowledge that this guy has of the bike culture I expect nothing but great quality, technical but still cool pieces. Here is the write up from Mike on the Mash blog about the line; “We are Martin of San Francisco. After a decade of collaborative work with Nice Collective, we have produced an imaginative synthesis of modern active culture and photographic aesthetic. Clean lines, simple ideas, and thoughtful execution has brought these two worlds together in our new line of apparel. Family is our foundation, and friends our inspiration. Martin welcomes collective interaction and is excited to share “our” like-minded vision.” I am really excited to see more from the Martin line in the near future…
Info via: Mashsf