by Stephen Garner

S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. has launched its fourth delivery of the collection, available now on srstudio.com and select retailers globally.

The craft language of American folk tradition is seen embedded in hand-knit crewneck and cardigan sweaters. Honeycomb knits in 100% Merino wool are hand-dyed in the United States, rendered in warm tonal cadmium and cream with painterly inflections of neon brights woven throughout.

Wilder versions combine merino wool with mohair spun to a fuzzy finish by an Italian mill, evoking the shapes and tradition of cable knits by way of organic streaks of navy and vivid scarlet.

Each garment in an expanded range of indigo, black and sepia denim SOTO pieces, including a poncho, barn coat, overall and pullover hoodie, has been exposed to multiple treatments of dyeing, washing, and rinsing to bleach and weather the material. The processes leave a unique trace on the clothing, altering both aesthetic values and the fiber itself, working a narrative into fabric.

Grid motifs appear in several forms: checkered pleats on a bib dress, plaid on a gathered dress and top, and open weave check on a long trench coat, oversized button-down shirt, and relaxed raver pant.

Ruby’s fine art pieces are here translated to clothes, with his flags, tools, artifacts, cleaning supplies, and sculptures finding counterparts in graphics applied to t-shirts, hoodies, and jeans.

A new series of photographs has been conceived to accompany the launch. Using the artist’s signature fluorescent, hazard orange as a background, Ruby has layered photographs amidst images of the brand’s buttons and fabric labels, manipulating scale and space through collage.

The fourth delivery of S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. is available now on srstudio.com and SSENSE.com, and at select retailers like Blake in Chicago, Mameg in L.A., and The Webster in Miami.