OqLiq’s Latest Spring/Summer ‘22 Pieces
Written by Ali George Hinkins
Urban outdoors style has remained at the precipice of the fashion landscape for the last couple of years. Still, a number of brands, including OqLiq, have been championing this aesthetic since their inception - drawing on cues from the seemingly parallel worlds of urban dress and outdoor functionality.
Despite its launch in 2012, OqLiq has remained relatively underground in Western fashion circles, besides its cult followers, but the tide has since changed since This Thing of Ours began carrying the brand. In the years that have followed the brand's inception, its founders, Chi Hung and Orbit Lin, have developed a design language of their own - one that seeks to combine elements of Taiwanese dress codes with urban street style thus breeding a new-age take on outdoor clothing.
The growth of OqLiq can be in part traced to Taiwan’s rapidly developing textiles industry which the brand is able to tap into and utilise fabrics with technical properties that were not available to them before. With this abundance of expertise situated on a local level, the designers, Chi Hung and Orbit Lin, are able to be hands-on throughout the process and understand which materials work best for their garments. With the industry growing exponentially year on year, each season is as exciting and progressive as the last, as OqLiq looks to try out different materials but, alongside this domestic industry growth spurt, they have carved an identity that is unique to them, further bolstering their reputation.
The range of styles available at This Thing of Ours does wonders to exemplify the brand's manifesto: T-Shirts, Cargo Vests, Bottoms, Padded Vest and Double-Layered Shorts. While they sound innocently simple and lowkey, their physical appearance is far from that, with garments sporting hidden zipper openings, articulated detailing and lightweight, breathable constructions. Featured fabrics include Supplex and Cooltton which both sport individual properties: Cooltton, for example, is a blend between Coolmax and Supplex, incredibly lightweight and durable whilst retaining a high level of breathability and the ability to wick moisture - this has been used on the Symmetrical T-Shirt. On the other hand, Supplex has been used on the vest, bottoms and shorts which has quick-drying and moisture wicking properties. In short, their choice of fabrications is ideal for Spring/Summer conditions.
All the styles are available now in-store and online from This Thing of Ours.