ABOUT - a bit of background
London's UNCONDITIONAL is now 15 years old. Designed by Philip Stephens, it initially started as a capsule collection of mens knitwear and jersey for his Concrete Shop, in Soho, London in 2003. Mens was soon joined by a womens collection after women started to shop the mens collection. UNCONDITIONAL has shown on the official London Fashion Week schedule for 8 seasons, starting FW2005-6 , and also 2 or more seasons in each of New York, Shanghai and Amsterdam.
The first UNCONDITIONAL standalone store opened in London next to the Covent Garden Hotel in 2008.
UNCONDITIONAL is said to be very London in its attitude yet with an ease and understated simplicity sometimes described as quite American. From the beginning the collections have been said to be "a winning combination of the laidback and the edgy" .The backbone of each collection remains a unique range of ‘luxury basics’ with an overlay of more special pieces. Favouring a relaxed style, UNCONDITIONAL is often mildly androgynous. UNCONDITIONAL has established its own feeling of a modern elegance with a dash of pure rock’n’roll – pieces that are uncompromising in their attention to detail with high quality fabrications.
We have from the very beginning alway sort out and favoured pure, ethically produced fabrics and yarns. We also also like to give fabrics and pieces "second lives " often through cold dyeing and recycling.
Clean, strong silhouettes are always intentionally quite sexy, often balancing a signature of drape set against structured, architectural tailoring, providing an overall aesthetic that has gained the brand a loyal customer base and a cult celebrity following. We cater for a client base with a particular mind set rather than an age bracket ; they starts from early teens and go well into their 80's - most notably including 'regulars' the actors Sir Ian Mckellen (80 this year) and Amanda Barrie (83)
UNCONDITIONAL now offers a bespoke made to measure service through its Covent Garden Store.
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“Like an experienced writer, Stephens has been playing with the language of formal dressing, the vernacular of sportswear, the vocabulary of womenswear. The result is an accomplished and imaginative collection that achieves a sophisticated and elegant look without ever being boring, formal or traditional, without ever appearing too dressy or too fashion. This innovative combination of street style and formal elegance makes UNCONDITIONAL one of London’s best designer labels.” Peppe Orru, Collezioni 2006
"The creations of UNCONDITIONAL communicate a distinguished comfort, an air of serenity, as if the slightest gesture of the person wearing them were enough to radiate elegance. UNCONDITIONAL represents another turn of the screw in elegant modernity as a clear example of the simple, of the strength of cuts performed with care and attention to detail in collections charged with a contemporary attitude. Design with pure cuts, clean and forceful colours, the absence of prints and stridency, all orientated toward highlighting the personality of the person wearing them, without exaggerated displays of emotion. Perhaps for this reason it is one of the brands having the most impact on British Fashion today." Atlas of Fashion Designers 2009