Wu-Tang Clan’s founder, RZA, has teamed up with creative Mustafa Shaikh to launch 36 Chambers, a contemporary menswear line that fuses elements of hip-hop, Chinese culture and high fashion to carve its own niche within menswear.
“36 Chambers is inspired by the Wu philosophy: kung fu, mathematics, Eastern philosophy and art,” said RZA. “Using that as a foundation, we’ve blended together the rugged feel of streetwear, with the quality craftsmanship of high fashion, to create apparel with a classic look.”
The initial collection features the Golden Dragon, which symbolizes energy, wisdom and strength. The dragon design is featured in a custom woven jacquard fabric created by San Francisco-based designer, Chapin Atchison. The fabric is found on the liners of the jackets, bags, and on the collars and plackets of select shirts. Renowned Chinese calligrapher, Mak Ming Chan, penned a poem for the collection, which details the story of the Golden Dragon. Written in Chinese calligraphy, the poem is featured on the hangtag that adorns the jackets, bags and shirts.
“We put a lot of attention into the execution of the line to ensure that each limited piece told a story,” said Mustafa Shaikh. “Every detail—the embroidery work, to the liner, to even the hangtag—was thoughtfully considered in order to tell a cohesive narrative.”
Items from the collection include limited edition jackets, shirts, bags, and accessories. A women’s souvenir jacket will also be made available for purchase.
Select pieces from 36 Chambers: The Golden Dragon Rises Collection, will be made available for pre-sale each Wednesday starting October 19th on 36chambers.com at 11a.m. (EDT):
• October 19th – Satin Souvenir Jacket ($250) & Golden Dragon Enamel Pin ($5).
• October 26th – Waterproof Cordura MA-1 Jacket ($300) & Cotton Long Sleeve Henley Shirt ($60).
• November 2nd – Wool Suit Jacket ($400) & Waterproof Cotton Dress Shirt ($130).
• November 9th – Velour Mandarin Jacket ($400) & Waterproof Cordura Square Duffel Bag ($200).
The full collection will be made available for purchase through 36chambers.com on November 18th at 11a.m. (EST). There will be several 36 Chambers retail pop-up events in December.