Menswear design duo Agi & Sam are due to launch their debut womenswear collection exclusively for Harvey Nichols this month and so I thought I’d cast the style spotlight their way. Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton first started their brand with the intention of bridging the gap in men’s fashion between their peers who were either reluctant to experiment sartorially and those who were pushing the boundaries beyond their limits. Settling themselves into a relaxed niche that is all about having fun with fashion, they made a name for themselves with an emphasis on entirely bespoke print and a good old fashioned sense of humour.
Showing at London Fashion Week as part of Fashion East Men, the duo have worked with an array of leading designers over the past two years from Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen to J.W. Anderson and Blaak Homme. Now they make their foray into womens fashion, taking their knowledge and combined experience with them to craft a stunning capsule shirt collection for luxury high street department store, Harvey Nichols.
The range of seven patterned shirts, both printed and woven in silk twill and cotton, reflect the aesthetic of the brand’s current seasonal menswear offering for AW12. Taking its inspirational cue from the wonder of time travel, the debut collection features vivid hues of turquoise, fuschia and purple tartan, with a nod to the season’s chosen motif and the pair’s nack for witty styling via a signature chicken and duck print.
Speaking to Vogue.co.uk, Mdumulla said: “We have always hoped we could translate quite easily from mens to womenswear, but we wanted to hold out until we felt ready enough to start working with the right partner in the right way.” While partner Cotton added, “Harvey Nichols is exactly the right store for us to begin the growth of Agi & Sam’s womenswear collections.”
The collection, Agi & Sam Women’s, is available now exclusively at Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge store and online, with prices ranging between £270 and £400.