When two disparate elements come together they can produce unexpected greatness -- Mercury and Bowie's voices united "Under Pressure", while an ex-physicist and a former ornithology student mapped DNA, charting life's hereditary information in order to save David Caruso's career. Now one such collaboration has produced something that could change the world forever: flannel, from Maiden Noir.
Just in time for the holidays, the Iron Maiden-loving dark lords of apparel have teamed up with Cali streetwear eminence Union to produce a limited edition drop of heavyweight winter gear you wouldn't expect to find on Cali streets, or Bruce Dickinson. The goodness starts with 59FIFTY New Era caps slathered in either red or blue flannel, and continues with double-faced, quilted plaid herringbone-lined Union Flannel button-downs, which feature leather elbow patches in case you find yourself teaching Longfellow whilst log rolling. To stare down heavy weather, MN has a black RAGLAN Giza quilted zip hoody, a reversible down jacket featuring herringbone wool on one side and quilted brown leather on the other, and a black hooded wool duffle bomber called Wrathchild (named for the Brit band that paved the way for glam metal with their catchy licks, ostentatious appearance, and fearless use of the letter K in song titles).
The collection also includes purely Noir action like slim-cut Japanese selvedge, the Lancaster Plaid Woven shirt, and tees featuring either a funeral procession or what looks like garden weeds growing out of a skeletal hand, a shout-out to a collaboration of the inevitable variety -- horticulture and death.