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Kvadrat Fuse Fabric

by Raf Simons
for Kvadrat

Kvadrat Fuse Fabric

by Raf Simons
for  Kvadrat

or Call to Order

The densely woven wool and cotton blend of Fuse creates a close pattern of ribbed stripes in which the weave creates rows of stitch-like pattern­ing. Because the stripes of Fuse are frag­mented rather than solid, the two colors in the textile meld, making a subtle mid color when seen across a larger surface.

This fusing of the colors mellows even sharp combi­na­tions such as the autum­nal orange on char­coal, or a zesty yellow on beige. It also brings complex­ity to combi­na­tions of forest greens or cream tones. The lighter color­ways may include foreign fibers adding to its rich­ness and vibrancy. While Fuse’s color palette relates strongly to Pulsar and Reflex, the almost blended colors of this stripe design allow for incred­i­bly rich color asso­ci­a­tions when used in combi­na­tion with other textiles in the collection.

The stripes of Fuse run paral­lel to the selvage.

Raf Simons

In just two decades, the Belgian designer Raf Simons has headed four of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, transformed the silhouette of men’s fashion, and reimagined the way street style and fine art can influence design. Restless and yet fully-actualized in his aesthetic from the start, Simons continually manages to surprise while reasserting his sharp, fearless vision.

Simons studied industrial and furniture design in Genk, but an internship at Walter Van Beirendonck set the stage for his life in fashion. In 1995, he founded his own menswear label, specializing in razor-thin suiting. By the turn of the century, men around the world had tightened up their apparel. Two months before 9/11, Simons showed a controversial collection accessorized by face-coverings and lit flares. Four years later, he introduced sex appeal to minimalism as head of men’s and womenswear for Jil Sander. In 2012, Dior came calling; in response, he provided edgy takes on smoking suits and pastel couture as creative director. Simons shocked the industry by resigning in 2016, launching a collection under his own name that applied Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic photography to streetwear, then joining Americana icon Calvin Klein as chief creative officer. His kitsch collaborations with Sterling Ruby and taxicab-yellow makeover of John Pawson’s minimalist temple of a Madison Avenue flagship attracted major attention, but after two years Simons moved on again.

In 2014, Simons initiated an ongoing collaboration with Kvadrat, utilizing the Danish master’s innovative textiles in a Calvin Klein collection. The apparel was such a success that the pair decided to bring the fabrics home, for a series of textile collections marrying Simon’s severe wit and Kvadrat’s peerless fabrications. Meanwhile, the catwalk came calling again: in April 2020, Simons joined Prada in the role of co-creative director.

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