Emperial Nation is a collection of
men's graphic t-shirts with the
mission of preserving history through fashion. So each
collection is inspired by a historical event. For S09 they
include Gangs of New York, Ottoman Empire, Wild West, French
Revolution, Civil War and Harlem Renaissance.
Location: New York City
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement centered in
Harlem, NYC. This movement was fueled by the emerging African
American middle class created by job opportunities during World
War I. With this movement came the acceptance in mainstream
America, of African Americans contributing to music, art,
theater, politics and sports.
Developed in 2007 by a group of streetwear connoisseurs,
Emperial Nation is dedicated to preserving history through
fashion and arts. Observing a demand in the marketplace for
meaningful designs, the creators of Emperial Nation
sought to infuse landmark historical moments into their
aesthetic, using fashion as a vehicle to enlighten and inspire
with the richness of the past.
Bringing together their varied backgrounds
and areas of expertise
from overseeing a textile business to
running an independent clothing line
the founders of
Nation built the brand on an affinity for fine fabrics,
an eye for fit, and an enduring love of history. With
ultra-soft, slim-fit tees and evocative designs, Emperial
Nation aims to make history wearable.
On a mission to educate through fashion,
Emperial Nation has launched six distinctive collections
since its inception, each representing a watershed event or
influential period in history. In conceptualizing each line,
Emperial Nation draws on historical events that have shaped
the current world order and maintain a special relevance to the
way we live today. From scouring history books to meeting with
museum curators, Emperial Nation consistently seeks
provocative, enriching subject matter for its collections:
Harlem Renaissance: Inspired by the
cultural movement fueled by Harlem's emerging African-American
middle class, this collection celebrates the era's contributions
to music, art, theater, politics and sports.
Civil War: Called the last of the
ancient wars and the first of the modern wars, the American
Civil War is represented by tees that mark the end of an era,
featuring cannons, generals and soldiers.
French Revolution: The inspiration
behind Emperial Nation's guillotine logo and one of history's
most vivid periods, Napoleon Bonaparte comes to life in this
Gangs of New York: Depicting the
dangers of New York's notorious Five Points neighborhood in the
mid-19th century, the Gangs Of New York collection
includes classic gangsters and vintage cars.
Ottoman Empire: Commemorating one of
the world's longest empires, this collection illustrates the
fall of Constantinople and the popularity of harems and hookahs.
Wild West: From cowboys and Indians
to outlaws and buffalo soldiers, the Wild West represents one of
America's most colorful eras. The collection highlights some of
the period's major players, from Billy the Kid to John Salmon
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