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Burberry Collaborates With Russian Streetwear Designer Gosha Rubchinskiy

The British trench meets the Iron Curtain.
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Following in the footsteps of Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Supreme, British heritage brand Burberry has teamed up with Russian streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy. The spring/summer collab collection was announced when it hit the runways in St. Petersburg last June, but was only fully unveiled and released earlier this week, with a lookbook and a complete lineup of pieces.

The collection heavily features Burberry’s two greatest signatures: its trench coat, and its checkered pattern. But Rubchinskiy puts a twist on these trademarks, using dark colors, unique color blocking, and more streetwear-oriented silhouettes. Among the collection’s highlights are an edgy two-tone take on the classic Burberry trench coat, as well as a reversible MA-1 blouson with a Harrington collar:

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The collection raised a few eyebrows when it was initially announced, because of how unlikely and seemingly ironic the partnership was. Gosha Rubchinskiy, a current favorite in the streetwear set, is known for taking inspiration from “gopniks,” a post-Soviet subculture associated with lower-class suburban youths in Eastern Europe. It seems ironic when you consider that Burberry disavowed the “chavs”—gopniks’ English counterpart—when they threatened to encroach on the luxury of the brand back in the early 2000s. 

But regardless of how ideologically mismatched these brands are, it’s hard to deny that the end result is pretty solid. If it tickles your fancy, and if you have ridiculous amounts of money to spare, head over to Dover Street Market’s online store. A local release here in the Philippines is unlikely, but you might be able to score a few pieces if you’re swinging by Burberry in Pacific Place, Hong Kong anytime soon.

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