The S/S 2022 collection from The Athletic Side of Us (TASOU) debuted at Fifth Avenue New York Fashion Week last week. The collection features both menswear and womenswear by designer Chuks Collins. The collection is “designed for everyday life, it’s streetwear meets athletic wear with a couture sensibility.”
“My idea was to do something very forward and comfortable that’s easy to wear, but also very summery and upbeat at the same time. My menswear is inspired by me and what I think about when I pack a backpack for a few days trip,” says Collins.
As for the womenswear, Collins says, “I wanted something that was functional for women that can be worn from day to night, from pants and dresses. I was also looking for colors that would transition with other items in a woman’s wardrobe.” Most pieces in the men’s and women’s collections are also considered gender fluid.
The collection also seeks to give back to those who desire to be athletic but have been limited due to limb deficiencies. Proceeds from the collection will go towards providing sustainable prosthetic limbs to children in Nigeria, through TASOU’s partnering organization The Irede Foundation.
Additionally, TASOU’s mission extends beyond fashion, making clothes that aren’t just stylish, but good for the planet, as well. All pieces of the collection are made sustainably with low carbon outputs from materials such as plastic bottles, organic cottons, hemp and repurposed fish nets.
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