Levi’s® and Karla Welch Explore Nature for October 2020. A crisp fall day. Fresh air and boundless adventure under a big blue sky. These are the aesthetic elements of the new Levi’s® xkarla Fall/Winter 2020 collection.
Designed by stylist and xkarla founder, Karla Welch, each of the pieces serves as an homage to the wide open landscape of her mother’s childhood home on the prairies of Alberta, Canada.
Grounded in corduroy, with earthy tones of dark green, rust, khaki, and dark indigo blue, the collection features a range of jackets, tops, jeans, and overalls that call back to an era when outdoor gear was as stylish as it was functional.
Denim, of course, is an essential part of the Levi’s® xkarla collaboration, coming through in a High Rise Wide Leg flare jean in indigo, as well as a new vintage-styled bootcut, based on a classic men’s Levi’s® 517™ boot cut jean, in both indigo and washed black. Also featured is a flared Wide Leg Overall in washed black with an exposed side zipper at the right hip and crossover straps in the back.
“In a way, the collection is an ode to my mother and how I imagine her as a prairie girl in Alberta, Canada. Being outside, being a tomboy,” Karla says of the collection. “The flannels, the cord, the fringe, they all have a ruggedness and a connection to nature. It’s clothes to climb trees in.”
And while the collection does take inspiration from the classic outdoors, there are modern elements that keep it rooted in today. Like the reversible Cropped Trucker, which features a cropped waist and boxy street style fit with a Sherpa body and corduroy sleeves on one side, and an indigo denim body and plaid flannel sleeves on the other.
In honor of those who fight for good, a donation from Karla has been made to the ACLU.