Aimé Leon Dore, a cult favourite brand from Queens, New York, has been teasing a summer release for the past week. Instead, the label introduced a speedboat—more specifically, a Technohull 38 Grand Sport Power Boat—before presenting their capsule. Although the brand claimed on Instagram that the power boat’s concept was “born in Queens,” it is clear that the actual boat was “manufactured in Greece,” a popular summer destination.
Setting the tone for the capsule, the Technohull boat is the underlying motif for Summer 2023. The ALD 38-GS Offshore Capsule takes on nautical themes throughout, paying homage to ’90s American sports aesthetics that were made popular by Nautica and Polo Sport. The nautical theme was highlighted with the creative direction, which saw diving goggles, water proof walkie talkies, buoys, fishing rope, the iconic Sony Sports Walkman, scuba gear and more. Bold and vibrant primary hues take over this capsule as it sees ALD lean into its All-American aesthetic.
The collection ranges from comfort to versatile, featuring collared sweatshirts that take on the ’90s nautical aesthetic, paired with roomy sweatpants. Arriving in typical navy and white colors, windbreakers fit for one to wear to captain their boat are a part of the offering, highlighting the ALD branding and American flag. This capsule places a contemporary spin on traditional sailing prep while also bringing striped cable knit sweaters to the forefront.
Take a look at the collection above and the Instagram announcements below.
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