Encima is a Vancouver-based men’s luxury streetwear brand run by the dynamic husband and wife duo, Suzy and Faiz Lalani. The brand is new on the local design scene, having only launched their first collection in Vancouver three months ago.
The fact that Encima is both designed and manufactured right here in Vancouver is at the heart of their brand. They source all their fabrics from local textile companies and use local pattern makers. “Having everything locally made is extremely important to us as it gives us the opportunity to invest back in to our local economy,” says Faiz, Designer and Co-Founder of Encima. “It also ensures that our garments are made through fair and appropriate labour practices.” With all their operations in Vancouver, it allows them to be part of the entire process from start to finish, ensuring all the garments are made to the highest standards of quality.
Encima’s primary difference is its design concept. Elongation is a common theme seen in streetwear but the brand elaborates on this technique by focusing on elongation on the front of garments, as opposed to the back. The Fall/Winter 15 collection uses unique angles, elongation, extended cuffs and flat lock panels. “Some of these details are subtle and some are not, but each is not usually seen in your ordinary attire,” says Faiz.
Encima is inspired by a strong sense of individuality, self-expression and craftsmanship.
The new label has been popping up around the city. They made their first appearance at the recent Kill Joy pop up month event and will likely showcase their garments at the Chinatown Mall StreetWear Pop Up in mid March.
Great for layering but statements on their own as well, each piece from the Encima collection has a minimalist and effortless ease about it. With fantastic foundational pieces and forward-thinking designs, you can be proud to layer these items on each day knowing they’re made right here in Vancouver.
Given the mild temps we’ve had this winter, Encima’s layering pieces literally have us covered for sweater weather. One of their popular items, the Drop Front Cowel Beck Sweater is all you need to stay warm this season. With the constant evolution of streetwear as a lifestyle, we think this new luxury streetwear line will be wildly popular with the guys.