Maison Martin Margiela, A/W 2003-04 Artisanal Biker Waistcoat    

As Martin Margiela quoted; ‘For us our ‘artisanal production’ (for men and womens garments they may be identified by the 0 (zero) encircled on their label), as we have said here, we rework existing garments, fabrics and objects to recreate new garments and accessories. We first adopted this approach for our inaugural collection for Spring/Summer 1989 and it has been an integral and important element of each and every one of our collections since’. This is especially evident here in the A/W 03-04 collection for men, showing a wide array of reworked garments and accessories.

Here, we have one of the artisanal leather biker waistcoats that the Maison would have found when searching through the Paris flea markets, originally being a full leather jacket. The arms have been removed from the jacket and then finished to make a waistcoat, blank leather patches have been stitched in various areas of the jacket and crude stitching takes place in key areas such as panelling on the front and lower back. The collar has been cut and left raw to expose the inner foam.

Size (no size tag, fits S/46 or M/48 mens)

Chest: 48.5cm
Shoulder: 39cm
Lenght: 63cm

Condition 8/10. (tag has been restitched, there is original wear on the leather being a vintage piece)

London, UK

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