Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poole Jumps into Women's Sportswear

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poole Jumps into Women's Sportswear

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IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before funky clubwear designer Daniel Poole moved into women's sportswear.

The 36-year-old menswear designer, who will create women's apparel for next fall, is known for his high-tech designs in unusual materials and prints, such as the reflective fabrics worn by emergency workers, microfibers, nylon lined with sheepskin and tribal icons, as well as more traditional cotton denim and fleece.

Although he's been designing for men, he's been thinking about women for a while, he said.

"Many of our styles are unisex, but we've always been asked to do a women's line," Poole said. "It will be different from the men's, because I like women to look really sexy."

Of course, Poole's idea of sexy is a little offbeat. He said one of his female role models is the postapocalyptic comic-book character Tank Girl, who, he said, wears a tiny miniskirt but packs a machine gun.

The women's collection, the latest expansion for the 3-year-old company, will be in the stores for fall 1995. It will include about 35 styles of jeans, jackets, tops and skirts.

Poole's North American distributor is Typhoon International. His menswear is carried by Barneys New York, Fred Segal, Detour, London Underground and Patricia Field in the United States.

Daniel Poole Jeans, a unisex line using some of his unusual fabrics, was introduced last summer with the aim of reaching more department stores and a broader consumer base, but Poole said the jeans in the new line are designed specifically for women.

Poole's reputation is based on a series of forward-looking collections with such themes as ghetto couture, techno-couture, world safety systems, techno-tribal, trapper and, most recently, sport technic.

Poole, who does two collections a year, said his designs are aimed at people aged 20 to 30, but he stressed the clothes are not strictly for the trend-hungry clubgoers.

"We like to think our customer puts the garments on in the morning - and takes them off a few days later," Poole only half-joked, pointing out that he sees his clothes being worn around the clock. …

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