Exclusive to the World’s End shop & a long time in coming, the Krall jacket & Krall trousers.
Developed for the first ever Man label show ‘Man’ AW96/97, the jacket is based on a painting by the German expressionist artist Otto Dix of the jeweller Karl Krall (1923).
Rather long & tight waisted, the current single breasted jacket has patch pockets to give it the feel of a blazer, more suitable to World’s End we thought.
The trousers are high waisted, rather voluminous & belted about 2 inches (5cm) from the top.
For this suit (the trouser & jacket are sold separately) another archive idea has been reintroduced, MacBrick tartan. Not a traditional tartan but developed by Andreas & originally called MacAndreas tartan, it first appeared in the Gold label AW97/98 ‘5 centuries ago’ collection shown at the Lido cabaret venue in the Champs-Elysees & then was used in the successive ‘Man’ AW97/98 collection.
Both of these collections had a Tudor period theme & the fabrics & colours used reflected the colour palette of this period. The MacBrick & another colour tartan, MacStone reflected the brickwork & stone colours of the time.
Nothing to do specifically with the suit, but something I found very interesting whilst I was researching this post is to do with the artist Otto Dix.
In searching on Google for the Karl Krall painting I saw another painting of his called ‘The Trench’ or ‘The War’ which I thought was brilliant. It was painted in 1932 as a triptych (painted on three separate panels & a fourth underneath) in the manner of religious paintings in churches & it depicts the horrible reality of war. I did some more research.
Born in 1891 Otto had fought in the First World War & had been in charge of a machine gun unit in the Battle of the Somme. He was awarded the iron cross (second class). After the war his art was heavily influenced by his experiences & he started to paint increasingly more realistic looking artworks taking part in the Social realist art movement.
When Hitler & the Nazi’s came to power in 1933, they did not like his art at all, branding it ‘unpatriotic’?? & he was forced to stop painting anything but landscapes. In 1937 his earlier paintings were included in an exhibition of ‘degenerate art’ in Munich & later on some of these works were destroyed.
In 1939 he was arrested on a trumped-up charge of being involved in a plot against Hitler, but was later released & at the end of World War Two he was conscripted into the ‘volkssturm’ or ‘peoples army’ being aged 54 at the time. Otto Dix died in 1969.
So maybe if you wear this Krall jacket (& even if you don’t) you will also remember a strong man who fought very bravely for truth, justice & humanity!
P.S. A warm thank you to Benedikt who very kindly modelled the suit for us here at the office in Battersea. Benedikt is Andreas’ personal assistant but for this post he also demonstrated some very nice cycling stunts just to show how versatile the Krall suit can be.
The suit will be available in World’s End this Tuesday.