Caliborn Apparel Showcases the Work of Local Artist, Israel Rodriguez, in their Spring/Summer Fashion Line
Last month, Caliborn Apparel launched it’s 2018 Spring/Summer fashion line. Their newest line features items like crop top sweaters and hoodies, an urbane bomber jacket, raglan sweaters, and baseball tees embellished with hand-drawn designs by local artists. These hip, new designs from Caliborn marry fashion, art, and comfort, resulting in pieces that not only look great but feel good to wear too.
My personal favorites from this collection are the new CA Bomber Jacket and the California Republic Baseball Tee. The CA Bomber Jacket is versatile and lightweight. This is an ideal piece of outerwear for a morning hike in Griffith Park or the mountains of Malibu, but it’s also sophisticated and fashionable enough to wear for your night out on the town. The unlined nylon this jacket is crafted from is both thin and breathable, making it more like a quintessential windbreaker than anything else. The ribbing around the neck, waist, and cuffs contribute additional degrees of comfort and style. This jacket is enhanced by Caliborn’s cool and modern iconography printed once on the left breast and again down the right sleeve of the jacket. The CA Bomber Jacket is a genderless offering from Caliborn that is available in both black and military green varieties.
The California Republic Baseball Tee is a design that I am particularly excited about. The baseball tee is a new look for Caliborn and its 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for the middling temperatures of spring. The artwork prominently featured across the front of the shirt is the handiwork of local Los Angeles artist, Israel Rodriguez. His design depicts a silhouette of Charles Nahl’s bear (that we all know as the bear from California’s state flag) that’s comprised of mountains, pines, and a picturesque river valley. The natural landscape that Rodriguez has depicted on this Caliborn tee resembles the beauty present in places such as the iconic Yosemite Valley.
Jaron Williams, the owner and CEO of Caliborn, said “It was important for us to start featuring the works of local artists on our clothing. It gives them some much needed, and deserved love and exposure. And I, personally, wanted to incorporate a more rustic, hand-drawn aesthetic to some of our designs, which we were previously lacking.”
Caliborn’s inclination to incorporate the works of underground local artists into their fashion line is something I both support and commend. Their most recent designs suavely merge art and commerce to create looks that are not only contemporary but have a dose of local flair. If you’d like to add these looks to your wardrobe, they are now available for purchase at www.calibornapparel.com.
Tommy Jarrell is a poet, writer, and artist who lives in Los Angeles. He has previously written for Bleacher Report and Throwback. His poems have appeared in The Squaw Valley Review and 805.