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Sick tees from Comune's latest collection.
Sick tees from Comune's latest collection.

Comune is a clothing brand inspired by the idea that there are people who would oftentimes push the boundaries of fashion, skateboarding, art, and music regardless of consequence. Comune is all about people who welcome the imperfections of everyday life and use it as a positive means to hone their creativity. Comune’s utmost goal is to create clothing for people who choose to live  a laidback and carefree lifestyle.

Frank Delgadillo, founder of Comune, has been toying around the thought of creating the a brand for years.  It finally came into fruition when he met art director Corey Smith and a bunch of good men – who were sick of their previous jobs – who helped make the dream a reality in 2008.

“We got together on the premise that we’d inspire each other by just doing the work that we do as individuals, in our own mediums. It is a truly authentic group of creative minds, artistic hands, and creative athletes, so something good was bound to come out of it,” Delgadillo said in his interview with Complex.com.

‘Twas Fall 2009 when the brand officially launched its collection after splitting up with Ambiguous, a brand which Delgadillo also founded in 1996. The Costa Mesa, CA-based Comune lives by the slogan ‘Something Better Change,’ which Smith describes as the summation of their general frustration with working for another brand and not having the power to do what they wanted to do. Comune, after all, is all about creative freedom. The brand allows its designers to do what they want – to create a new, authentic clothing which breaks from the stereotypical fashion mold of the market.

Smith says in his Tactics.com interview: “I think the biggest difference is that we are able to do what we want on every level.  There’s no shareholders or corporate big boss to answer to.  It’s just us.  Sink or swim.”

He also adds, “I also think we have a really eclectic group of people working here.  Everyone has a really unique and forward style, which translates into what we make.  Plus our skate and snow team represents, to me, the most stylish athletes on every level and they help out a lot with development.”

Nifty jeans from Comune clothing.
Nifty jeans from Comune clothing.

So what could the fans expect from the line in the months to come? Smith assures them that Comune will continue to produce solid, wearable, fashion forward clothing. He adds, “As far as the apparel industry, I’d say look for a thinning of the herd as well as a greater demand for affordable, quality clothing.”

Comune is also involved with art projects, such as the “Drop City” Gallery, which was introduced in order to attract fellow creatives to work on special projects through the clothing brand. The Drop City Gallery, which is the brainchild of Smith, has featured the works of renowned artists such as Jason Lee Parry, Noah and Nathan Rice, Hunter Longe, Jimmy Fontaine, Gareth Stehr, and Shelby Menzel.

Comune also sponsors a team of snowboarders, including Jordan Medenhall, Matty Ryan, Josh Mills, Jon Kooley, Eric Messier, Nima Jalali, Harrison Gordon, Brandon Hayes, Cale Zima, Johnnie Paxton, Billy Mackey, Ben Rice, Scotty Wittlake, and Eric Fernandez; and skaters Braydon Szafranski, Gareth Stehr, Mat Ball, Don Nguyen, Jeff Lenoce, Peter Watkins, Albert Madrid, and Keelan Dadd.

For online purchases, drop by American Rag, Matthew Izzo, Urban Outfitters, Active Ride Shop, Revolve Clothing, Clothing Brigade, The Closet, Standard Boardshop, and Milosport. But if you want to go to the brand’s own site, browse through the clothing brand’s hippest wears, visit www.thecomune.com today.

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