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A. Sauvage – African Art for the Suit and Tie


It’s always been a pondering artistic question regarding menswear as to the amount of interchangeable garments available with a gents suit.

The number of designers who want to rescue the suit and present it as not-just-a-dressy-thing for today’s man keeps on growing. It is, of course, a testament to how important this menswear staple is, no matter how many sportsluxe outfits we see on the runway.

Adrien Sauvage, the tall dark and powerful designer is always after something different in his approach to menswear. He seeks the organic, authentic, subtle yet conscience elements as a starting point, and then lets the vision slowly emerge.

A. Sauvage Spring collection was presented from Sauvage’s Ghanaian roots and alongside the artist Matthew Craven (his mix of traditional imagery with contemporary patterns was turned into prints that featured African masks and African dictators). Then mix in Britain, of course—Sauvage’s home—and populate it with the people the designer meets, knows, or connects with.

The collection, then. A print that started with a photo of a ficus plant in the studio spearheaded the lineup. It was on almost everything—from coats, T-shirts, shorts, bombers, and bikers to shirts, shoes, and vests. (Sauvage played basketball for the British national team for seven years.) Sometimes the print appeared on a dark green background, or on turquoise for vivid effect. There was also a fabulous mint green biker jacket and A. Sauvage’s leather-trimmed take on the classic Crombie coat. Trousers, too, came with leather trims, and the designer joked that he was “getting a bit leathered out at the moment.”

Naturally, there were suits.  But this didn’t feel like a collection from a suit brand. It felt more like—as Sauvage himself would put it—”a lifestyle.” Perhaps that’s what the suit has to be today, more a choice than a necessity, now that dress codes are under sustained pressure from people’s need to be casual.



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