Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Agape Mdumulla, the first half of Agi & Sam, was born in 1985 (I know, it doesn’t bear thinking about). It means he was 4 years old in 1989, when the original idea for “the Coolman Collection” was first drafted on paper – little did he know back then, that kept safe by his mum at their family home in Yorkshire all through the nineties and noughties, his early sketches would come back to form the basis of an adorable, inventive and interactive fall 2015 season. Not without a few adjustments of course: it was indeed of utmost importance for the designer duo that the outfits on show conform to the needs, taste and wishes of the modern… primary school pupil. With this purpose in mind, Agi and Sam decided to pay a visit to their former classrooms, bringing with them the menswear staples you should be able to find in any cool guy’s closet – a tailored coat, a denim jacket, a ski jacket… – and then all of these were ripped apart and Velcro was placed to line their seams. See where this is going?
Deconstructivism in fashion has had a long and noble conceptual lineage: seldom though, it could have been done with candour, playfulness and genius to rival those of actual children, who were allowed by Agi and Sam to build their new patchwork-garments as they saw fit, while being largely responsible for the oil pastels prints too. But now don’t worry – interchangeable panels will make sure you get your own bit of fun as well.