Bassike Spring 2019 Ready-To-Wear
Don’t let the name deceive you: Bassike is anything but basic. Conceived by Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan in 2006, the Australian brand has turned the making of essentials into a seemingly effortless craft. With khaki, crisp white, sea-foam, and black as their palette, Sams and Ryan have painted a Spring 2019 collection that can fill the holes of your wardrobe: a loose blazer, a shapely pant with a single button on the cuff, a crisp shirt cut with a dropped armhole that allows it a blouson shape. It’s not trend driven, but it’s still trendy thanks to the tomboyish slouch built in to each pant.
Built in because the real magic of Bassike is the tailoring. It all looks so easy and unstudied in a Left Coast sort of way, but as Sams says, the Bassike studio is a “world of fittings.” Take a black wool utility jumpsuit. It might seem pretty typical from the front, but flip it over and you’ll see that three perfect darts above and below the waistband are cinching the back to create a grungy swoop. The brand’s signature contrast seam on the derriere is not just a styling element but a seam that somehow makes every butt look VMAs-ready. Every seam is considered, and yet the final pant looks seamless.
Maybe it’s not magic after all. Sams and Ryan are women who listen to other women, who’ve carved out a business where every season builds upon the last, where there’s a rack of dozens of T-shirt silhouettes that they will personally walk you through to find the best one for your frame. You liked the trench from 2009? They’ll recut it for you in black. Every new pant is a rethink of last season’s cut so that every Bassike piece can live in harmony with every other. It’s this willingness to listen to their clients that has made them a hit in their native Oz, where they will open their 10th store next week. In America, they have just one, in Venice, California. You get the feeling it won’t be their last.