The collaboration that’s been blossoming between Tommy Dant, owner of Irvington’s influential men’s clothing store James Dant, and Mike Gillis and Gary Patterson, partners in the Indianapolis-based clothing line WDRFA, is at last coming to fruition. The guys’ spring collection of lightweight jackets and Indiana state bird–embroidered T-shirts will debut at a pop-up event in the James Dant store from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. With the launch of the WDRFA x James Dant line looming, we spoke with the three Hoosier natives who currently define the men’s fashion scene in Indianapolis.
Collaborate and listen to Gary Patterson and Mike Gillis who are behind the clothing line WDRFA: We Don’t Run From Adversity. Learn how they sew together their message, street culture, and clothes in their brand and what drives their creative process. The uncle and nephew duo will be releasing WDRFA’s Spring 2018 collection in collaboration with DRNK CLTR alumni, Tommy Dant from James Dant on April 14th. Drink deep of the culture that surrounds you this week with the story of WDRFA with Gary and Mike.
The positive vibes surrounding the launch of Mike Gillis’ and Gary Patterson’s new streetwear collection, WDRFA — or “We Don’t Run from Adversity,” was perfectly matched by the unseasonably warm weather this past Saturday.
The local streetwear duo, widely known for last year’s DSOA collection, debuted their latest pieces to a full house at Printtext in SoBro. The new collection included multiple t-shirts alongside a pair of knitted caps, crewneck sweaters, and several heavier, button-down jackets.
The goal of the pop-up was to showcase the quality and attention to detail that Mike G and GP put into their clothes. The button-down jackets featured letterman jacket-style “WDRFA” letters that looked almost hand stitched. The crewneck sweaters were thick enough to be perfect for the upcoming chilly weather.