Over the course of a single fall morning in Chelsea, Manhattan, the female-led sportswear brand Year of Ours orchestrated an epic photo shoot highlighting their new, jewel-hued, cushy velour warm-ups. Shot by editorial and documentary photographer Ysa Pérez and featuring show-stopping singer and model, Maluca, the resulting images look more like artwork than advertising.
Awash in Pérez’s signature, saturated glow, and utilizing all the natural backdrops New York’s streets offer, this series of photos was snapped on sidewalks, stoops, and in front of ivy-covered walls. Radiating a fresh-faced sheen reminiscent of ‘90s DKNY and Calvin Klein spreads, this series of images captures everything we love about city-living - especially during the holiday season.
When she’s not capturing “everyday” people in their natural element, Pérez - who maintains her love of old-school film over digital - has spent much of her time shooting musicians, artists and actors that include Debbie Harry, A$AP Rocky, Jemima Kirke and Solange Knowles. This time, her subject is Maluca, whose hypnotizing gaze and covetable, cascading locks are overshadowed only by her sheer grit and talent. The definition of a self-made woman, Maluca releases musical slaps that bridge multiple genres including cumbia and hip-hop, and has worked with some of the most prolific producers in the field, including Diplo.
While it’s nearly impossible to break your stare from the drop-dead New York native, the lush colors of the warm-ups she’s wearing play a good second stringer. These are not your grandma’s tracksuit. Available in burgundy, teal and black, Year of Ours’ velour suits come in interchangeable pieces so you can mix-and-match all season long. Garment-dyed and super soft, the cropped and drawstring Try Out Hoodie paired with the wide-leg Warm-up Pant show just the right amount of skin for wearing on or off the court. Also available in a Mock Neck Sweatshirt and Jogger pant, this velour dream team makes even the laziest of lounging look athletic.
The velour is pillowy and easy to roll; primed for packing for holiday travels or, for stuffing in a stocking if you’re feeling generous. Like all things Year of Ours makes, from concept to creation these pieces are produced in the USA, so you can feel good about more than your look while wearing them.