Marika Barbie + [US fashion designers]

Rogues Gallery—Combining Comfort and Classic

Last year I published an article on the Best New US Designers: GQ 2009 Picks, in which the Rogues Gallery was mentioned as one of the finalists.

Not only was I intrigued by the label, but my curiosity was drawn to its meaning, as well; so I decided to do some research.

Historically, a rogue’s gallery was a police term, which referred to a collection of photos or “mug shots” that the police utilized to identify criminals.

Apparently Scottish-born American detective, Allan Pinkerton (1819–1884), coined the term in New York, in 1850.

Nearly 100 years later, “Rogues Gallery” appeared in a comic book series, the Flash, as villains who opposed the superheroes.

Well, now, the Rogues Gallery is a menswear label, which was launched in Portland, Maine, by Alex Carleton, who envisioned the pre-colonial times of New England's seafaring past.

His collections vividly embody the ruggedness, adventure, and toughness of Maine's historic cod fishermen, lobster trappers, and loggers.

While I was at the Capsule Show in New York City last week, I had the privilege to preview the spring/summer 2016 Rogues Gallery collection.

If you are looking for something timeless, comfortable, and classic, without making a big fashion statement, the collection is for you—coming soon!
Photo top Lars (left, RG partner) and Jeremy (right, RG bag designers).