As the fashion industry continues to embrace futuristic aesthetics and pixelated designs dominate the runways, digital wearable brand MNTGE is taking a different approach with its “In the Future, Wear the Past” philosophy. Co-founded by Sean Wotherspoon, Nick Adler, and Brennan Russo, MNTGE entered the Web3 space earlier this year with a collection that enabled users to mint a customizable wearable NFT.
Now, just a few months later, MNTGE is releasing its first physical products: a limited-edition collection of custom tech-enabled vintage denim and graphic tees, titled “Fruits & Veggies.” This line-up will debut exclusively on the brand’s new platform, MNTGE Market, which will be the go-to destination for all upcoming MNTGE physical drops.
The “Fruits & Veggies” range includes a selection of coveted vintage fashion pieces, such as 1-of-1 Levi’s 505s sourced by experts and remixed with other styles. Each ensemble is locally embroidered in Los Angeles with an all-over fruit and vegetable pattern designed by MNTGE co-founder Sean Wotherspoon, and is NFC-chipped, delivering a one-of-a-kind numbered, collectible denim art token to the owner’s digital wallet.
Speaking about the collection, Wotherspoon noted: “The MNTGE Market launch is just one of the vehicles we’re deploying to connect the dots between our physical everyday and blockchain. For our first product drop, I hand-picked Levi’s vintage denim because they’re classic and have so much history and heritage. These particular pairs have more wear, a deeper personality, and unique characteristics you can see in their natural distressing, fading, and fit. Plus, I love fruits and veggies, so I put some of my favorites on the pants.”
In addition to the denim pieces, the “Fruits & Veggies” release also features an exclusive run of MNTGE-branded vintage graphic T-shirts, ranging from the ’60s to the early aughts. These T-shirts are made of well-worn ultra-soft cotton-poly and showcase a broad range of nostalgic iconography, and will be available following the denim drop.
“Our focus is on creating a brand that is both timeless and cutting-edge, drawing inspiration from a range of vintage items to create new garments. While technology certainly plays a role in our products, it is just one of many tools we use to bring our vision to life,” added Nick Adler.
The MNTGE “Fruits & Veggies” denim will be available for purchase on April 26, priced at $200 USD for MNTGE Pass holders and $250 USD for the public. MNTGE Pass holders will have first access to purchase.
Make sure to check out the collection in the gallery above, and – if you’re interested in hearing more about the crossover between digital and physical sustainability – you can read about the new Xbox controllers made from old Xbox controllers.