When they met as interns at Alexander McQueen, Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton couldn’t have known that they would soon join forces and strike out on their own as the dandyish men’s label Agi & Sam. Five years later, this past February, they brought the house down when they showed their fall ’13 collection as part of MAN, the group show and sponsorship platform created between Topman and Fashion East. They had a trick up their sleeve, sending a basset hound down the runway in a whimsical nod to hunting and other traditionally British men’s pursuits.
Humor is the duo’s calling card, seen in elaborate prints and patterns that are not as they first appear. Look closely and you may spot a camel, a pheasant, a fox, or a dog among the busy plaids and paisleys. Calling to mind other English men’s designers, most notably Paul Smith, the house that Agi & Sam built goes to show that not every cutting-edge London label is fashioned out of balloons, safety pins, or bits of driftwood.
Agi & Sam’s fall ’13 collection will be carried by oki-ni.