Karl Templer of Ports 1961 took inspiration from youth culture and experimental clothing for SS22
The collection somewhat marks a departure for the brand, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is perhaps best known for delivering sophisticated elegance. “It’s definitely a step in a different direction,” Templer continues, adding, “You react to how you feel; the time in which you live.
Yet classic codes remain at the heart of Ports 1961, but with a modern twist. Take for example the Breton striped sweater, transformed into a trendy patchwork knit, or the timeless trench coat, transformed with a bold abstract print.
Even for the less daring customer, there is still a lot to like. “When you cut down the pieces [down], they become something very familiar and charming, ”says Templer. “You take the black suit and put it on with a different shoe, and it’s a really nice, tailored black suit, or you take the white and black leather jacket and put it on with jeans.”
Going forward, Ports 1961 is looking to take a more sustainable approach – starting with a collaboration with American VogueSustainability Editor-in-Chief, Tonne Goodman. The essential edit, a capsule collection of consciously crafted white shirts launched earlier this year. “The brand is very well known for its shirts and we wanted to do something very pure, [as] a 60th anniversary celebration, ”says Templer.
In the meantime, however, Templer hopes we all embrace a more experimental way of dressing, even if timeless pieces remain at the heart of this one. “Young people bring a lot of energy; they have taken control of how they want to be and how they present themselves. They want to say something about themselves, ”he concludes.