Cool Stuff explores stuff that is, for want of a better word, cool. And for many, nothing is cooler than Disruptive Pattern Material, abbreviated to DPM, or ‘Camo’. This tough, durable and comfortable ripstop material has become the new denim. Like denim, camo has been hijacked from what was once everyday basic work wear. In the case of denim it was originally worn by California gold prospectors, in the case of camo, it was – and still is – used by military forces the world over. Camo comes in many guises; woodland, tiger, arctic, multi-terrain, desert, marine, urban, sky, digital to name a few, and fashion designers have lost no time in creating new signature versions.
In fact the camo craze has now infiltrated every area of fashionable design from shorts and tee shirts to watches, iPads and sports shoes, and some of the world’s best known brands have camo colourways for their products. You no longer have to crawl through mud behind enemy lines to wear camo. There’s no disgusing the fact that urban camo, in its many interpretations, is here to stay.
Here are just a few of the latest cool camo accessories to make an assault on the high street.
A Bathing Ape Apesta 1st Camo Polo Shirt
Capitalising on the well-received 1st Camo print, A Bathing Ape presents a polo shirt in its trademark camo print. Made from 100% cotton, the polo shirt features the iconic ape face on the left chest, as well as subtly infused within the print. Available in light and dark green, the polo shirt is approximately US$130.00 from the BAPE online store.
Del Toro Grey Camo Suede Alto Chukka Sneaker
Del Toro‘s Grey Camo Suede Alto Chukkas are constructed of high quality suede, these Alto Chukkas feature Del Toro’s designer camouflage in a tonal grey colourway. A grey margom rubber sole and black leather laces continue the urban camo theme while the signature red heel tab offers a small pop of colour. US$325.00
Distinct Life x Case-Mate “Ghost Camo” iPad mini Case
Just in case your iPad needs camo while commuting on the Tube, Michigan-based creative agency Distinct Life presents the latest release featuring its “Ghost Camo” motif — this time linking up with Case-Mate to provide a little protection for the iPad mini. Featuring the tonal camouflage design throughout, the white co-branding with four colourful stripes – representing Distinct Life’s signature colour palette — are also a design feature. The Distinct Life x Case-Mate “Ghost Camo” iPad mini Case costs $75.00.
Nike Roshe Run “Green Tiger Camo”
These new sneakers from Nike give a whole new meaning to ‘Tiger feet’. Nike’s much-celebrated Roshe Run shoes feature an all-over tiger-stripe camo pattern in a new green edition. Like its Black/Black-Sail-Mercury Grey counterpart, the Vintage Green/Vintage Green-Sail-Gamma Green version is made of a ripstop nylon upper with matching rope laces and a padded mesh collar, paired with a contrasting white sole. The “Green Tiger Camo” Nike Roshe Run is expected to be available worldwide in the near future.
Dr. Martens 2013 Fall Core Premium 1460 Green Camo Suede Boot
It had to happen, Doc Marten’s have got in on the camo act. Now the ever popular 1460 8-eyelet work boot has had the camo treatment. In this particular case, the pattern appears on the British footwear label’s world famous boot covering the entirety in suede upper with olive green rope laces, a lug rubber outsole, contrasting welt, and leather lining complete the offering. Look for the Dr. Martens 2013 Fall Core Premium 1460 Green Camo Suede Boot available, as the title suggests, in the Fall.
Bamford Watch Department Military Dial Camouflage Explorer I
Finally, Rolex customisation specialists Bamford Watch Department unveils its latest high-impact custom watch collection. The Military Dial Camouflage Explorer I collection features the classic Rolex Explorer I reworked with Bamford’s signature black PVD coating and a unique camouflage pattern on the dial. Available in multiple colours, each iteration features tonal indices and lume for a cohesive look. More information and pricing can be found at Bamford Watch Department.