amsterdam fashion week is one of the minor events on the european fashion calendar. nevertheless, it features a handful interesting designers that we think have a global appeal, and francisco van benthum is definitely one of them. graduated in the late 1990s from artez institute of the arts in the sleepy dutch town of arnhem, van benthum tweaks classic silhouettes to create meticulously balanced menswear that blends tradition and innovation. during amsterdam fashion week's latest edition the dutch designer presented his s/s 2014 collection, inspired by scuba diving and the marine world.
the looks in for next spring are intentionally versatile, offering a playful variety of ways to wear items, be it formal or casual and depending on your mood or situation. the fabrics add a distinct contemporary edge to the classic silhouettes. both natural and hi-tech, they're applied in such a way to create a subtle yet intriguing contrast. francisco van benthum's s/s 2014 collection is available at select stores across europe, including brown's [london], the library [london], the francisco van benthum store [amsterdam], margreeth olsthoorn [rotterdam] and luisa via roma [florence].