This is not (yet) mainstream. But it will come. Soon. Very near you. It is called SRS (Selective Laser Sintering) and it uses 3D printing high tech methods to cut many odd materials and substances (including chemicals, minerals, and other compositions) made – to – (digital) measure: From nylons to steel, from leathers to plastics – you name it. It is currently being tested and introduced worldwide by an-ever-so-hungry-for-new-ways-materials-and-designs fashion industry and the first results for men are on the table; and they are palpable: From shoelace clips to enhanced T-shirts, from sunglasses to bow ties & ties and sports bags, this is a collection fit for an information age dandy’s curiosity cabinet or shelve. Or just get creative and do-it-yourself. At home. With your tablet hooked up to your domestic 3D laser printer.
To feel the hype here is a short BDMOTP favorites overview, with our originality and style rankings, 10 being the most original and stylish.
The Rebento (‘explode’) sports bag by Nike is a work of art and has a flexible, fly-knit wasp-like 3D laser-printed nylon base, which perfectly seams into a leather strapped top, with the additional feature that one can also customize a player’s name or monogram with golden plates into the sides: Talk about branding – in this case the name is NEYMAR – he of World Cup fame. Only three bags like this exist. One was made for Wayne Rooney, one for Neymar Junior, and one (of course) for Cristiano Ronaldo. And that is it.
BDMOTP originality & style ranking: 8.5.
The Mylon Sunglasses collection by MYKITA. Something out of an old DEVO music video from the eighties when people were still wearing platform boots? No, today it is all possible with Selective Laser Sintering. All shapes. All forms. All designs. All textures. Every possible geometrical configuration as MYKITA puts it. But do not try this at home. This is high tech and heavily patented stuff and MYKITA has won many design awards ever since they started experimenting with polyamide power & CO2 (yes really) and feeding it into the 3D printers. The objects and designs are first digitally coded, then come out as the finished product of high design. Automated Information Age Men’s Accessory Designing has arrived. Let’s call it AIAMAD by its acronym. Warning: High cool factor! Impossible to imitate unless you have THE code.
BDMOTP originality and style ranking: 9
The Cubify Shoelace Clip. Simple but genius. Mind you this company also makes 3D ties, cuff links, money clips, and yes, even dandy gloves in 3D. But the shoelace clip is so simple in its design and concept – if not in style – that it takes the cake. Go to their website and you can probably simply have them printed to measure, shape, form, and color yourself. With all the different color codes possible here, one can easily see some silent future college or high school turf war occurring – either in the movies – or in real, with clueless latter-day Ferris Bueller-type school officials trying to guess what the fuzz is all about, until they discover something which they will never understand.
BDMOTP originality & style rating: Hors d’Age
The snakeskin street style long sleeved crew neck Tee by Stampd.Clearly the SRS 3D printing process is revolutionizing the look, feel, and image of men’s accessories but will it also change men’s fashion? Here is an example as introduced by Stampd, from LA. Stampd makes many different street style T shirts and other items like hats but a snakeskin 3D print is included on several items of the collection. Online a snakeskin Tee goes for 80 dollars. Again, it has this ‘Hunger Game’ futuristic look to it – young people trying to rebel against some unknown but ubiquitous form of high tech control, as if Grunge had long been dead but was revived in the distant future as a retro style symbolizing some or other form of long forgotten disenchantment.
BDMOTP originality & style scale: Remains yet to be seen
We live in the information age and quick research shows that even at Ali-Express (yes at the Alibaba check-out counters) for US $14.46 (free shipping from China) one can order an ‘x-men tights magneto short sleeve T shirt’ catalogued as a ‘quick-drying male money 3D printing T shirt’. Of course the item is available in the different colors and looks of the various X-men out there. But not in the different shapes one would expect if this were real 3D printing.
So why is it that in today’s instant-from-code-to-3D-printing information society, that we cannot order an original X-men T shirt which enhances chest size while giving me good six-pack? Which makes muscles stand out as if we are Magneto or Wolverine?
Turns out that the chest shapes and muscles are digitally re-mastered into the T shirt fabrics and that Alibaba mistakenly calls it 3D printing. Yes, you can really SEE the six-pack and the muscles clearly on the T shirt, but you cannot FEEL them. Not yet anyways. But this will come. Soon. Very near you. Not made in China. But PRINTED in China.
Posted by Sandro Joo.