A meditation on Memphis, Tennessee and the unsung heroes heroes of hip hop that resided and produced work there between 1991-1996, including Tommy Wright III, Project Pat, La Chat, and DJ Zirk. We are natural fans of the music, but also appreciate how tremendously influential this movement was to the genre, and how its common energy and unapologetic dark subject make it still relevant and compelling today. We spent several months digging through any and all work and ephemera from that period and location in an attempt to produce projects that augment the smallest sentiments or intersections of creativity, community, our taste - then celebrated and exercised these moments intuitively, because we've never actually been to Memphis, and this specific pre-internet movement is surprisingly difficult (albeit addictive) to research from abroad. However, we traveled there often in our heads by closing our eyes in smoked filled rooms and imagining what a drive around Tennessee on a hot summer night must have felt like in 1995 with Runnin-N-Gunnin on the radio. Another important part of our design process (or ritual) was to create several oversized handmade flags, mixtapes, and short videos. No. 06 also incorporates several new bags and updates to accessories that were designed and produced in the peripheral of our journey. We worked with Tom O'Toole to design three jackets that each capture an essence of an artist from that period with tone, materials, and embroidered icons. The jackets were completely produced in Portland, Oregon by Odd Fellow Company. We created three new jackets for Frances May to celebrate their new location downtown proper. And finally, we worked with New England Outerwear to offer a very special unisex boot, cut and hand-sewn in their Maine workshop.
We worked with our dear friend, Tom O'Toole, to create three jackets that celebrate Tommy Wright III, La Chat and Project Pat (respectively, above). After several evenings spent in the conference room of 7K diving into the catalogs of each artist, we arrived at a series of icons, materials and colors that we felt could operate like some sort of rap talisman mixed with an homage mixed with a 40oz mixed with an entirely original and beautiful garment. Undeniably one of the most fun projects we've ever worked on. See more of Tom's work here: ibrontosaurus.com
We worked with our friends at New England Outerwear to offer this very special boot handmade in the workshop in Maine. Horween Chromexcel variations throughout upper, North American split-suede backstay, and NEO's signature 'Arcadia' leather (developed in upstate NY exclusively for their shop) for the toe. Blown EVA lightweight Vibram outsole. Incredibly comfortable and lightweight.
We worked with Frances May to produce three jackets to celebrate their beautiful new location downtown. Unisex sizing. Made in Portland, Oregon by our sister company, Odd Fellow Company. Available exclusively at Frances May, located downtown proper.