Picture Organic Clothing FW20/21 Men’s Outerwear Preview

Retail Buyers Guide:  Men’s Outerwear FW20/21

Brand: PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING
Interviewee: Julien Durant, CEO

Picture Organic Clothing FW20/21 Men's Outerwear Preview

What’s the overall theme behind next year’s outerwear? From which big trends do you take your inspiration?
What makes us different for FW20/21 will come from our basic thinking about the Wipe Out Fossig Fuels goal. We have been working on the implementation of organic fibres sourced from sugar cane. This follows the current product released for FW19 which received the Outside Gear Of The Year award, which is Harvest, our first biosourced product.

For FW20, we were able to develop this sugar cane fibre to make products by mixing recycled and bio-sourced products, thus completely removing fossil fuels, which are one of the main causes of global warming. From this premise and this innovation, 35% of the collection that will be bio-sourced. It is through this process that we set out on an inspiration for a campaign that will punctuate the whole season and that we have called “Downsizing”. “Downsizing” is our way of denouncing the fact that today, polluting elements are taking more and more precedence over man and how we are now able to fight against this in order to reduce the pace.

In terms of trends, designers always draw their inspiration from interior design and architecture. The themes are therefore all inspired by home design and the main colours are saffron, purple and dark green.

Picture Organic Clothing FW20/21 Men's Outerwear Preview

What new fits / silhouettes are coming next year? What pant and jacket styles are most important in your range?
For men, innovations in cuts are rather conservative, little different from traditional cuts. It’s a pretty simple vision of the classic men’s classics.

We have also developed unisex products in the same way, with the same fit for men and women in this “no gender” approach. Finally, the traditional cuts do not change and some of them follow us from the beginning to serve the rather conservative consumer who loves the styles of our beginnings.

What’s new in colours / prints?
In terms of prints, we will find prints always inspired by wallpaper tapestry type interior design such as the Lofoten print, which is now used by women with different colours such as navy blue and the Flowers theme.

For men and women alike, we have a big tendency to mix Saffron and Purple with more earthy colours and Stone which brings a little light to contrast with the dark colours. All the Earth colors and primary colors from Picture since the beginning, we always keep them to illuminate the whole through these 3 great colors.

Any *NEW* technical stories concering fabrics and materials?
In terms of fabrics, 35% of the range is made of bio-sourced sugar cane fabric.

The second major story is our new partnership with the BenQ brand, which markets the brand new Xpore membrane. This membrane is a real alternative and today offers the best performance/sustainability ratio. Indeed, we have historically always refused to work with Gore-Tex since it is a fluorocarbon-based membrane that uses solvents during its manufacture. With Xpore, we have a product that has almost similar performances in terms of waterproofing and breathability, it is a microporous membrane and all ports are managed mechanically, without solvents and therefore without environmental problems. The membrane is 100% PFC Free. It is a polyolefin membrane, which allows it to be completely recyclable. This innovation allows us to reach consumers on a very high-end target and on jackets equivalent to Gore-Tex Pro Shell. When we sold products at €500 on traditional membranes, we will be able to move up the range and thus align in terms of performance with Gore-Tex Pro Shell.

Picture Organic Clothing FW20/21 Men's Outerwear Preview

What are the three most important products in next year’s range? Why? Please tell us about them.
For Men :

1/ The Welcome Biosource Jacket is our highlight because it is a 100% bio-based product, with its outer fabric based on cane sugar and recycled polyester ; and its membrane based on castor oil

2/ The Demain Jacket + Pant outfit in bio-based fabric, mixed with the Xpore membrane, which is our new great technology: it is the sustainability/performance compromise. With these products, we are on a very high quality product.

3/ Finally, the Stone Jacket which is a mix of ripstop and mini reps fabric. It is also a biosourced product and extremely robust and resistant, especially in the chest and shoulder area with fairly modern colour contrasts that make this product a strong product in our communication.

Any has-been trends that your brand is moving away from?
Yes, we have completely moved away from the whole range of fluorescent colours or colour mixes such as “colour blocks” with major sharp contrasts. We are currently working on color blocking, but with less contrasting and softer colors.

What are your top marketing stories for next season? This will help us to put some focus in the right place.
BIOSOURCE story with the Welcome Jacket
XPORE TECHNOLOGY with the Demain Jacket

BASE LAYER FOCUS: Do you do baselayers? What’s happening here, what’s your base layer strategy next year? Please let us know your tech innovations, materials, colours and pricepoints.
We have strengthened the range on the “heat power” part for each layer.

We have a first-layer on a recycled stretch polyester base and at an attractive price. We also wanted to make the link with all the prints of the season and we worked with base-layers for stockings/pants with legs ¾, so as to avoid having the seam in the boot or the shoe for those who want it.

The superior insulations feature classic technologies such as Power Stretch, Thermal Pro,… in continuity with what we have always done with only Polartech materials on the layering part and which matches with the Expedition range.

For men, we have worked with small zip fleece collars.

The superior insulations feature classic technologies such as Power Stretch, Thermal Pro,… in continuity with what we have always done with only Polartech materials on the layering part and which matches with the Expedition range.

To get a lower price, we have also developed products with Dry Now technology: stretch version of the brushed Fleece Polyester. As far as the look is concerned, it’s mainly Basement and Logo Line.

Finally, we also have a more hybrid range with mixes of Power Stretch on areas that need to breathe, and Primaloft on areas that need to be isolated. The range has therefore grown relatively wide, it is a niche that works very well for both men and women for Picture. We also use all our prints and colour codes of the season, which make them lifestyle, crossovers and divertible products, being by default technical products.

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