Compared to some of its luxury-streetwear peers, Palm Angels has remained somewhat quieter than its peers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the occasional drop, extra-curricular project and collaboration rather than explosive announcements. This has given the brand time to develop a thoughtful rollout for its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which goes back to the brand’s roots by launching as a luxurious zine published by Rizzoli.
Before there was an apparel line, Palm Angels was a 2014 Rizzoli photo book that boasted founder Francesco Ragazzi’s photography and a forward from Pharrell. Nearly seven years later, Palm Angels is issuing a fully realized apparel lineup, channeling distinctive inspirations into a cohesive selection of youthful wearables.
Jamaican culture plays a key influence, as the country’s flag and tropical weather translates into more relaxed tracksuits and graphic layering pieces that range from breathable shirting to kimono-style jackets. Staple layers, like hoodies and bombers, receive the Palm Angels treatment by way of thematic branding and trim cuts, complementing the loungey slacks, skirts and open-toed sandal styles ideal for beaches across the globe.
Rizzoli will publish the accompanying book shortly, which will also feature plenty of stylized photographs from a diverse set of creatives that includes Rosie Marks, Lea Colombo and Enzo Ragazzini alongside painters Friedrich Kunath and Thrush Holmes and artists Javier Calleja and Javier Jaén. Jaén most famously designed Palm Angels’ headless teddy bear graphic.
Palm Angels SS21 will launch in three drops that mirror the book’s sections: “Military,” “Fishing Club” and “Exodus,” which hit stores in February, March and May, respectively.
There are many more must-have warm weather offerings on the way, including the latest from Nike ACG.