Worn only by the well-informed, Enclave is the clean and supreme skate-wear label that keeps riders dry whilst looking fly.
Armed with only a board and a backpack whilst free wheeling around London, face of Enclave Shaun Ponton gave i-D online a fast-paced tour of his favourite haunts before chief creative designer Kyle Coble turned up to tell us more about the lifestyle label he lives, breathes, skates and creates.
What kind of man wears Enclave? I guess our consumers would be those who are well informed and committed to what they do, whilst still being progressive. People who possess an eclectic style and appreciate both street and contemporary styles and who are still aware of their surroundings.
Where did the brand name ‘Enclave’ originate from? We’ve always seen ourselves as the in-between; not quite part of one group but then equally not part of the other either. Our approach has always been to separate ourselves but draw parallels to everything that was going on, so as to remain constant and fresh. Naturally we saw our position as being within an enclave and so derived our brand name from this.
What kind of identity does the brand have? Stylistically it’s pretty clean, classic graphic design dictates the direction of a lot of what we work with. We also draw inspiration from a lot of left-field and obscure sources such as sacred geometry and even touching upon occult references.
What kind of materials does the label work with predominantly? For our recent SS/12 range we experimented with numerous types of camouflage, some fairly obscure, others well known. For the upcoming AW/12 there’s a lot of British waxed cottons and some handwoven Japanese fabrics as a nice contrast. We endeavour to explore as much as possible during the design process so as to create a diverse final product which is still relevant.