Mon 04 March 2013
Making a name for themselves with technical design and tailoring, From Britten P/L designers Tim and Alexander Bitten-Finschi are at the forefront of Australian mens fashion. Based in Melbourne, and set to show their SS13 collection during Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week later this year, part founder Alexander talks us through his AW13 collection currently dropping in store…
Name: Alexander Britten-Finschi
Place of birth: East Melbourne
Where are you now as you write this: 37.7833° S, 144.9667° E
How/ when did you start making menswear:
We were always surrounded by fashion, our mum is a fashion designer and her workroom became our playground. We both always wanted to be designers of some sort. We tried our hand at all types of design, from painting to graphics to architecture and photography. As a photographer I became fascinated by people and subcultures and how they tie into the codes of menswear. For Tim, his acute awareness of function in design resonated with the fundamentals of menswear. Add to the fact we could create something and actually use it. The first things we made, we made with tailors. We became fascinated by the processes and learned as much as we could from them.
How is From Britten different from other Australian menswear labels:
FB is different to other labels in that we work with tailors and specialists that have 50+yrs of experience. We utilize these traditional techniques, but fabricate blending beautiful wools and high tech fabrics. Menswear is fundamentally about function, so we’re always looking at ways to improve function. Our pockets in our pants for example have a special feature in them that prevents the loss of loose change.
What inspired your AW13 collection:
There is never an easy answer for this, but put simply, we were inspired by the fluidity and solidity of brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer. The interplay of perfection and imperfection and the character that results from balancing these two aspects. Also, we drew inspiration from Jesse Eisenberg’s character in Holy Rollers, caught up in a drug smuggling ring in the late 90′s from Brooklyn. The idea of a young man beginning to make his make on the world, of being clothed in what he knew, combined with of influences of the people around him.
Who is your ideal wearer:
We don’t normally adhere to the idea of the ‘ideal wearer’ per se. Rather, the garment should be ideal for the wearer. As a matter of policy, we always design to a formula of function, fabric, fashion and finish.
Your favourite look/ piece from the collection:
The overcoat. You don’t notice it right way, but there’s not a single carry over panel, cuffs blend into arms, side seams wrap around the back, pockets are concealed in seams. It also has thermotron technology lining which keeps you warm, but is entirely breathable and keeps the weight and bulk down. We managed to completely change the design and make it modern whilst maintaing the classic overcoat look. It embodies FROM BRITTEN P/L.
If this collection had a sound track, what is its theme song:
The practical 2 minute hits of advice by Brian Snellgrove – soundcloud bsnellgove1.
The labels biggest achievement to date:
Where can you buy From Britten:
At our store Customer, L/6 289 Flinders Lane Melbourne