Ditto have teamed up with youth culture provocateur Martine Rose for a capsule collection in celebration of Skinhead: An Archive.
Martine Rose × Ditto
Renowned for her hedonistic mash-up of club culture, early 90s rave codes, youth uniforms and teen memoirs, Martine Rose is a frontrunner when it comes to innovative menswear. With her trademark oversized silhouettes, heavy fabrications and club kid ephemera, Rose twists masculinity stamping it with her unique insight gained growing up in the scene.
So when it came to Ditto’s landmark publication Skinhead: An Archive, of course, there was no better collaborator fit for the job than Rose. Harking back to the flight jackets seen in her nostalgia-driven SS14 installation, Rose has produced an MA1 jacket, patch set and large patch, all of which are now available on the Ditto website.
Featuring iconic iconography from Skinhead: An Archive alongside font designed for the project by British graphic designer Jamie Reid, the collection is about voicing your affiliation to a scene or a subculture, in particular the frontrunners, the skinheads. “We are so familiar with the use of particular slogans they become trite and cliche,” says Rose. ” I wanted to almost remove the familiarity we have with these slogans.” Rifiing off the many subsections of the skinhead movement – left wing, right wing, gay, Oi – Rose focussed on names, creating characters to be celebrated, just like those smattered across the pages of the book. The overall aesthetic? Neo-nostalgia.
Large patches £40 (limited to 50), Patch sets £55 (limited to 20) and MA1 Leather jackets £700 (made to order) all available from Ditto.