When looking back at the fashion brands that had a very good year in 2016, a particularly unique celeb favorite instantly comes to mind. Los Angeles–based RE/DONE started off by taking vintage Levi’s and reworking them to reflect current denim trends in the form of cropped flares and high-rise ankle-frayed crops, to name a couple of their most popular styles. Over the course of the year, the brand expanded into T-shirts via a collaboration with Hanes and, more recently, their own graphic and striped tees, denim jackets, and a future-vintage denim line, coined the Originals Collection. Trendsetting It girls like Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, and practically every style blogger around the world are obsessed with RE/DONE’s cool creations.
The brand’s latest release comes in the form of another reworked vintage classic. This time RE/DONE has redone Champion, who experienced a resurgence of their own this year thanks to a collaboration with Vetements and endorsements by e-tailers SSENSE, My Theresa, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS. RE/DONE has brilliantly reworked an array of vintage Champion sweatshirts and hoodies for the collection, and the resulting styles are perfectly oversize, making them the ideal complement to skinny jeans, leggings, and of course, the brand’s reworked vintage Levi’s.
RE/DONE co-founder Sean Barron shared the story behind the decision to add vintage Champion sweatshirts to their repertoire, telling us, “Jeans, tees, and sweatshirts are an important part of every woman’s closet. Levi’s and Hanes are the ultimate heritage brands in jeans and tees. Champion is the same for sweatshirts. When we would go pick vintage Levi’s, most of our suppliers would also have Champion sweatshirts. We felt this was the natural next step for us, so we bought a bunch, reconstructed them, and launched them. That’s a bit of an oversimplification; reconstructing a perfectly good sweatshirt is as hard or harder than reconstructing a jean. It took us almost a year to perfect these three fits, but it was well worth it.”
According to the descriptions, the sweatshirts are actually flattering, a rare attribute of the notoriously comfy piece. The brand states of one of the styles, “We took its baggy silhouette and created a sweatshirt that is paradoxically oversized and shapely. The oversized fit of the sweatshirt doesn’t overwhelm the wearer but, rather, flatters while still maintaining its comfort.” That’s all the convincing we need!
Keep scrolling to shop a few of our favorite styles from the new RE/DONE Champion collection.