Avant Garde Collection Weds Daring Flamboyance To Understated Minimalism; Revives Long Ignored, ’30s And ’40s, Movie Star Fashion Classics. Au Contraire Designs And Colors Woos Dandies and Hi-Fashion Sartorialists, Exclusively.
San Diego, CA. February 14, 2011. Stinson R. Ely, the just launched ultra-luxury men’s brand, promises to be fashion’s buzzed-about new label. Born from the 22-year-old, San Diego-based, Stinson/R. Ely & Partners, Inc. – the boutique brand imaging and design consulting firm formed in 1988 by Andy Stinson and girlfriend, Robbi Ely — the inaugural collection of their co-eponymously named menswear brand features a small but tightly edited line-up of neckwear, pocket squares, dress and formal slacks, sport coats, hosiery and dress shirts.
All, save for its hosiery, are artisan handcrafted in America. All were co-designed by Stinson and Ely shortly before her tragic passing, 18-months ago.
A tribute collection dedicated to the minimalist-influenced, Robbi Ely, their debut collection celebrates her unswerving vision and design genius which, time and again, proved that the most provocative and visually dynamic designs are those reduced to their simplest elements.
Anchored in timeless classics, it tastefully weds Stinson’s bold panache with Ely’s understated minimalism.
Boasting a colorful elan and an edgy, southern California flamboyance that references their West Coast roots, Stinson R. Ely is a retro-inspired, back-to-the-future collection that touts designs, pattern motifs and silhouettes inspired by the Duke of Windsor and later popularized by Hollywood’s most dashing, silver screen idols.
Bereft of basics, it’s a dandy’s collection, exclusively, daringly colored and adventurously designed.
A revolutionary collection that contradicts every current and popular fashion trend, Stinson R. Ely unarguably marches-to-its-own-drummer. Many of its designs are once trend-setting but now seldom-seen styles resurrected by Stinson and Ely from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s and since long absent from contemporary fashion’s style dialog.
Despite their freshman status, Stinson and Ely rank veteran designers and boast a superstar list of design clients. Over their firm’s 22-year tenure, Stinson and Ely co-designed the press and editorial collections for a bevy of top American and British luxury labels. Twice, and as often as four times a year, the pair would re-design the collections for as many as 10 clients, transforming collections created to be commercially successful into the ultra hip, fast fashion “looks” with trend-setting attitude and the edgy, “fashionista appeal” demanded by fashion editors.
About Stinson R. Ely: Boasting an edgy, southern California flamboyance, the daringly designed and adventurously colored Fall-Winter collection of Stinson R. Ely is a dandy’s collection, exclusively. Touting American artisan handcraftsmanship and exotic fabrics, the ultra-luxury brand’s inaugural line-up of neckwear and pocket squares, sport coats, dress and formal slacks, dress shirts and hosiery features long-ignored fashion icons inspired by the Duke of Windsor and later popularized by Hollywood’s most dashing, silver screen idols of the ‘30s and ‘40s.
Stinson R. Ely — along with its boutique, brand imaging parent, Stinson/R. Ely & Partners – is headquartered in San Diego, California, at 8775 Aero Drive. Zip code is 92123. Website is www.stinsonrely.com. Phone for either Stinson/R. Ely & Partners corporate offices, Stinson R. Ely, or its co-designer, Andy Stinson, is 858-573-1698. Stinson R. Ely is a founding member of the Alliance of American Luxury Makers (AALM). Stinson R. Ely’s Fall-Winter 2012 “look book” is available on request in both print and PDF versions.
Bobbi Koller, associate designer