universal utility limited
found a home called in-ku
After 15 years as a type of underground movement, Universal Utility brand has found a home which is called in-ku. Previously selling within the environs of like minded souls i.e Egg London, Dover street market London & Tokyo and multiple Comme des Garçons stores in Japan, the brand’s inventor wanted the Made in England label to be appreciated in London.
The product’s character represents carefully crafted quality rather than obscure inventive design. Clothing without season, time, age or trend; the philosophy being slow workmanship to create a life long product which won’t end up in landfill. Universal utility has always used garment construction techniques which cannot be used in the current fast pace production methods of this age. Each wholesale client has always been offered a bespoke collection tailored to the flavour of their stores.
For the past 5 seasons Carin Mansfield has been collaborating directly with Rei Kawakubo on the Comme des Garçon Edited Black project in Japan. Her work with the company is currently on going.