FACILITY FILES: T Magazine Channels Robert Mapplethorpe for the Best in Leather Jackets

Welcome to Facility Files, a segment where we feature the latest and greatest in style from around the web.

This week we’re featuring T Magazine, The New York Time’s inbound style magazine, story on Spring menswear inspired by the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Here’s an excerpt from T market editor Alex Tudela that puts things into more context:

Exploring topics such as black male sexuality and the underground BDSM scene, Robert Mapplethorpe immortalized the marginalized communities of early 1980s New York City with his striking images — and challenged conservative notions of beauty. While his subjects were just as often unclothed, leather wear appeared frequently in Mapplethorpe’s photographic world — for example, in his iconic X Portfolio — as a symbol of both sensuality and subversion. And that visual language is as relevant as ever in fashion today. Inspired by the late photographer’s work, we picked the standout leather pieces from the spring/summer 2018 men’s collections.

Mapplethorpe is a largely influential photographer known for his relationship with acclaimed writer and singer, Patti Smith. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits and still-life images of flowers. His most controversial work is that of the underground BDSM scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York City.

Check out images below. Photographed by Ian Kenneth Bird.

26tmag-mapplethorpe-slide-QLOL-superJumbo.jpgPerfecto Brand by Schott NYC shirt, $625, schottnyc.comMartine Rose pants, price on request, martine-rose.comPrada belt, $460, prada.com.


Martine Rose jacket, $2,480. Margaret Howell shirt,$530, margarethowell.co.ukCamiel Fortgens pants, about $470, camielfortgens.comDior Homme tie, $210, diorhomme.com.


Wales Bonner jacket, $2,700, ssense.comLouis Vuitton necklace, $775, louisvuitton.com.

26tmag-mapplethorpe-slide-GMY3-superJumbo (1).jpgBalenciaga jacket, $5,090, and pants, $2,390, (212) 328-1671.


Prada shirt, $2,760. John Lawrence Sullivan pants, $621, brownsfashion.com/uk.


Our Legacy jacket, $1,600, ourlegacy.seEverybody.World T-shirt, $28, everybody.worldCraig Green jeans, $485, matchesfashion.comA.P.C. necklace, $125, usonline.apc.frMaximum Henry belt, $360,totokaelo.com. Model’s own ring and bracelet.


Boss coat, $1,100, hugoboss.comErnest W. Baker shirt, about $315, ernest-w-baker.com.Lanvin pants, $950, (646) 439-0380. Church’s shoes, $830, church-footwear.com.


Calvin Klein 205W39NYC tank top, $280, and pants, $3,200, calvinklein.com.


Wales Bonner jacket. Louis Vuitton necklace.


Neil Barrett camera bag, $680, neilbarrett.comDries Van Noten canteen bag, $820, totokaelo.comHanrounderwear, $74, hanrousa.comCraig Green jeans. A.P.C. necklace.


Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver vest, $695, helmutlang.comSaint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello tank top, $3,690, ysl.comCamiel Fortgens pants. Ann Demeulemeester boots, $1,037, and necklace, $592, 011-32-3-216-01-33.


Perfecto Brand by Schott NYC shirt. Prada shirt (worn underneath), $570, and belt. Martine Rose pants.


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