Founded in 1987, Barcelona-based label Armand Basi has long solidified itself as a Spanish institution through its Riviera-feel suiting and colourful graphic tees.
Now, with ambitions to conquer the UK, the brand is poised for a new chapter in its legacy as it unveils its latest collection with Swedish-born, London-based designer Per Götesson. The non-gendered ensemble draws inspiration from Barcelona’s Ilias, which have long served as meeting points for people from all walks of life.
Imbued with an architectural language, these references come into play particularly across the duo’s tailored jackets, which have been cut loose and intercepted with strong lines, as well as hybridised Japanese wool trousers built with an apron-style panel at the front and equipped with utility-style zipped pockets. Vest tops and timeless shirts adopt a loose, easy fit, enhanced by bold, graphical accents. Several showcase a pseudo-barcode motif, while others exhibit a collaborative logo that merges Armand Basi and Per Götesson's initials, resembling the various blocks that make up the city.
“There’s a lot of pride in being Catalan here in Barcelona,” explains Götesson. “I wanted to channel that through the collection, whilst also looking to the unique architecture that shapes the city today. Armand Basi provided me with a blank canvas to interpret the brand’s archives in a way true to me and my work.”
The offering is rounded out by Husam El Odeh, Per Götesson’s partner and ongoing collaborator, who crafts unique, market-ready jewellery pieces. Continuing to reflect the apparel’s architectural aesthetics, Odeh mirrors Mies van der Rohe’s graphic black marble cuts and Barcelona’s Ilia-inspired coastlines. The creations merge industrial elements with nods to tools, from button adaptations to sterling silver miniature rulers.
Get a closer look at the range below. You can cop the Armand Basi x Per Götesson Spring/Summer 2024 collection from the brand's webstore in the coming months.