The Dark Hollow Collection Is Some of Globe and Dion Agius’ Best Design Work
If that doesn’t float your boat, the rest of their Living Low Velocity range will.
Globe have always been at the pointy end of broader surf culture when it comes to ideas.
Their move to making everything they produce as low impact as possible, aka Living Low Velocity Issue 01, is the latest. It’s easy to use ‘going green’ as a slogan, every brand you can name has used it in some capacity over the last couple of years, only for it to be silently ushered out as soon as the easily swayed eye of popular opinion moves onto something else. But Globe have re-designed their whole business around it (at great cost), not just one range, and for that we applaud them. The latest instalment under the Living Low Velocity banner is Issue 01, which contains a sleek, bombproof range designed by perennial taste maker, Mr Dion Agius.
If you care about such things, then you’ll know that Dion’s been working on a video part for some time, his instalment as part of Globe’s Cult of Freedom series. Dion’s a meticulous guy who understands the lengths you have to go to to create a film that’s going to arrest dwindling attention spans, so expect something left of centre and visually stimulating (heard there’s an abundance of mysto slabs in there). In the meantime, you can you can shop his latest Globe range, developed in the process of filming Dark Hollow.
A fair chunk of Dion’s part was filmed in his native Tasmania, which for those who’ve never visited Australia’s southernmost isle, is frigid in winter to say the least. Surf companies have long struggled to get the more fashion conscious members of their rosters to wear the right gear at the right time (ie, when the grander populous can buy it, it being the rag “trade” after all) but you never see Dion without his sponsor’s wares on his back. He knows which side his bread’s buttered, sure, but being so heavy handed in the design process has helped Dion and Globe alike, and it’s never been more evident with his Dark Hollow range, which is the perfect mix of rugged, workware-inspired materials, oversized comfy fits, and bespoke graphics.
Dion employed LA artist and friend Nathan Kostechko to add the graphic touch to the range, and in doing so takes Dark Hollow beyond the realms of regular, durable workwear. Particular Kostencho inscribed favourites include the Dion Agius Hoodie, Tasi Tee and the inch-perfect Slowtide collab towel above (kudos for making it black too -handy for hiding the dirt on long, dusty surf trips).
The Dark Hollow range is Dion’s everyday get up, so as well as more statement pieces like the Worker Jacket and Tasi button up, there’s go to’s like the infinitely wearable ox blood Striped Tee and Dion’s signature pants. A couple of pairs of the pants arrived at Stab hq on the morning of writing, and they’re getting close to a perfect score. They’re durable as Dickies without the stiffness, cut to perfection, and even have an adhesive rubber strip inside, so you’re covered even if you leave the belt at home.
Whilst Dion’s range is a perfect blend of functional/fashion forward (the man sure like black), the broader Living Low Velocity Issue 01 release has something for everyone, with durability and low-key style as its guiding lights. We’ve had a poke around a snapshot of the range, and personal favourites include the Burly Hoodie (a flattering shade of cream, made pale without bleach), the Prime Down jacket (made from recycled polyester and nylon, and certified responsible down), and the Beaker Spray Jacket, which is made from 100% Recycled polyester, and guaranteed the most useful thing you’ll ever add to your wardrobe.
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