Kamkyl - spring/summer 2002


Montreal - The changing of the guard in Canadian menswear fashion is underway. Kamkyl, composed of design team Yvonne and Douglas Mandel is taking charge of dressing the new breed of urban male, one whose growing need for individualism is reflected in the Spring/Summer 2002 collection “The New Global Army”.

The collection was presented to media and buyers alike in a flashy runway production on September 6, 2001 at Kamkyl’s new retail space, (slated to open in Spring 2002) as part of the inaugural Montreal Fashion Week. Douglas elaborates on the theme.

” There is a new generation of peaceful protesters that are taking a stance against the commercial destruction of our world. They want to give something back, to be responsible citizens.”

This sentiment is clearly articulated in the diverse collection. The multi-functional smoke-black back-pocketed utility jacket and matching cargo pants are marked by clean cuts and angular confidence. The iridescent pinstripe suits are made of fabric light enough to roll the sleeves into French cuffs, offering a touch of European sophistication. The collection also features a pair of burnt orange corduroy pants sporting raw seams, a detail that is becoming a Kamkyl couture signature. The ” Feed before you eat “ slogan T-shirts are all part of Kamkyl’s strategy to target what they feel is an underrepresented demographic - socially conscious, affluent, young creative leaders.
Kamkyl has just announced that Holt Renfrew will be carrying the collection in its Montreal stores.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Bruno Petrozza, Photographer