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2005 Slim T-Shirt with Cargo Chest Pocket

Raf Simons

2005 Slim T-Shirt with Cargo Chest Pocket


Size 48: Best for an IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M or an IT 46 - 36 Chest - S.

Raf Simons T-shirt with pocket detail from S/S 2005 'History of the World'. In excellent used condition. Made in Belgium.

Ambitiously titled 'History of the World', Simons's S/S 2005 collection was a flawless exercise in the designer's transgressive experimentations with tradition and innovation. The clean lines of Raf's razor-sharp tailoring were paired with dramatic streetwear to create a visionary proposal for contemporary menswear. Cathy Horyn writes:

'Not many designers would have the instinct to call a collection History of the World, as Simons did in July 2004, and have the models descend on a pair of huge escalators or print on their invitation the names of people and things that had changed the modern world, as if to suggest that fashion -- or any one of us -- could do the same. How many people would make such a moral claim in a cynical age?' (our emphasis)

In a similar statement, Tim Blanks explains:

'Simons has undoubtedly made a difference to the world of menswear, and this collection only served to underscore the power and originality of his vision. Once absorbed by radical punk icons and slogans, Simons has now shifted his frame of reference to an earlier period: specifically, the moment when Kraftwerk put its pop culture spin on the nexus between man and machine. [...] He expressed his tailoring skill in linear, luxurious suits and coats that had a Gattaca flair. [...] Then the leanness exploded, in triple-pleated leather trousers, funnel-necked tops, and huge white coats that floated like angel wings. On that optimistic note, Simons concluded a stunning show that felt like a fresh start for him.' (our emphasis)

This unusual T-shirt is one of the collection's harder-to-find designs and was not shown on the runway presentation. The top has a streamlined construction with a slim, narrow-shouldered silhouette and a slightly elongated body. The simplicity of the design is pleasantly offset by a three-dimensional cargo pocket on the chest which adds a clean yet striking point of interest. The pocket measures 7,5 x 10 cm with a depth of 3 cm, making it suitable for carrying a cellphone, card holder or packet of cigarettes. A thin elastic string pull adds a subtly futuristic touch while the pocket flap secures with velcro.

Like much of Raf's output, it is the details in the execution of this piece that make it worth our attention. The crew neckline is finished with thick ribbed trim for a clean finish while the pocket's velcro closure has been reinforced with X-shaped military topstitching. The fabric is high quality cotton jersey with a smooth hand, pure colour and firm drape.

A rare piece from an excellent Raf Simons collection, this T-shirt is a versatile and unexpectedly practical wardrobe staple that you will become one of the key basics in your wardrobe.

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