I first encountered a Skunkfunk boutique in San Francisco and was intrigued by their line of eco-friendly clothing and accessories for men and women. So recently, when Kaitlyn Starbuck, director of retail & marketing for Skunkfunk North America, invited me to a 2010 fall/winter collection party at the Skunkfunk boutique in the LES, I was there to cover it. Here are some scenes from that night.
(L-R): Friends Colby B, DJ and blogger of Modern Addiction,
Richard Kennedy and Kim Strong hanging out.
Skunkfunk‘s aesthetic can be described as modern, organic, with dynamic silhouettes, yet utilitarian and multi-functional. The pieces are well-tailored, yet affordable. There are a lot of zipper details and often, with a zip, fold, or a button, many pieces from their collection can convert into a different look. Green seems to be a recurring theme in their color palette, though this fall, there were interesting combos: Neutral colors, such as browns and grays, were paired with bright splashes of color, like tangerine or fuschia.
What I love about Skunkfunk is that their style doesn’t seem to reflect any of the current American trends; they have a distinct appeal. It appears to be a mixture of west coast attitude/urban lifestyle/European influence. Their philosophy is that “Skunkfunk clothes are not intended to compel the wearer to take on a certain style, instead they seek to adapt to the wearer on the street, with imagination.”
Also notable is their mission as a green company, from making sustainable clothing with materials such as soybean protein fibers, bamboo fabrics, recycled polyester (from recycled plastic bottles), to pollution reduction in transporting merchandise and using recycled, biogradeable materials for their promotional materials.
Here are some of my favorite looks in the store.
An impromptu photo shoot I did with the Skunkfunk models!
If you’re in the NYC area, check out Skunkfunk:
181 Orchard Street