Executive Vice President of Gap Global, Patrick Robinson is making his way back into fashion through the social funding project, Kickstarter. Robinson’s latest brand named Paskho was inspired by his son, Wyeth, with American Vogue Editor Virginia Smith.
Pashko comes from the Greek word for passion. In the video accompanying his Kickstarter post, Robinson — who did stints at Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis, Anne Klein, and Giorgio Armani — explains that at some point in his 25-year career, he “lost the passion that led me to become a designer in the first place.” He was let go from his position at Gap in May 2011. But with the new brand, Robinson wants to “design products that I really love, that have a urban soulfulness filtered through a cool, provocative, and minimalist aesthetic.”
The clothes in Robinson’s debut lookbook for the line certainly fit that description. Sportswear and loungewear elements are all the rage right now with the injection of pajama-like pieces on the runways from Stella McCartney and Yigal Azrouël to Marc Jacobs. The collection can easily be seen as a bit of a nod to Gap and the brands simplistic, wearable clothes, that Robinson became known for during his tenure, but the relaxed urban vibe is definitely felt through the Men’s and Women’s bomber jackets, lounge pants and tunics. Comfortable yet functional combinations of materials like cashmere blended with modal or cotton with a little Lycra, seem like easy pieces to fit in any wardrobe.
Fashion & News Contributing Editor