The references could also be refined however when you look carefully at Andrew Szewczyk’s work, you’ll spot some hidden gems.
“I feel one of the best ways to make use of inspiration is to bury it,” says Toronto-based designer Andrew Szewczyk. “I exploit quite a lot of skateboarding and video game references [in my work], however they aren’t apparent.” And certainly, they aren’t. Take a fast scroll by way of Szewczyk’s Instagram web page, the place he’s posted pictures of his Fall 2022 assortment, and phrases like “tailoring” and “sculptural” will instantly come to thoughts. However that’s intentional. “I think about the form and line first, after which I add the inspiration afterwards.” Admitting his course of is just a little backwards, a more in-depth look reveals that sure pockets are impressed by damaged skateboards, and the shoulders have been designed to evoke pictures of video game-esque armour. No matter his method, it’s clearly been working for Szewczyk.
4 years after launching his namesake label in 2018, the designer has turn out to be a rising star within the Canadian vogue scene. “I’ve been constructing stuff my complete life, and someday once I was working a retail job, it simply clicked that I might have a profession the place I can create issues each day and incorporate my hobbies into it.” Since then, the George Brown School grad has turn out to be a bit obsessive together with his craft and has purchased each e book on stitching and tailoring that he can get his fingers on and even took a further sample drafting course targeted on Italian strategies. Nevertheless, he’ll all the time be a skater boy by way of and thru. “Skateboarding is doing the identical factor repeatedly and failing one thousand instances. After which, finally, you get the way it works. The identical is true with stitching, so I need to study every thing I can from the within out.”
Beneath, FASHION chatted with Andrew Szewczyk about his type, why he loves the color black and every thing that at the moment brings him pleasure.
How would you describe the type of your model in three phrases?
Shoulders, form and nervousness.
What’s one thing about your model that will shock folks?
For many who work in vogue, it’s most likely no shock…I’m only one individual growing and creating the collections. I collaborate with pretty associates on the visuals, however for the second, I’m the only real individual caring for every thing garments.
How do you give you the names of your collections?
Most of them come from track titles as a result of I play music in my studio, so it’s all the time on within the background. My Spring 2022 assortment, ‘All These Too, I Love,’ is a slight variation of a William Basinski track. However I’ve additionally referenced video games for my Fall 2022 assortment ‘Scrappers,’ after which Fall 2021 ‘Spine’ was a group about my youth and skateboarding.
Is there a purpose why you utilize a lot black?
I like previous black and white editorials as a result of there’s an actual emphasis on form. And when it comes to inspiration, I begin with the silhouette and add the main points afterwards. So [the black] is about mirroring that and seeing the type of the garment from distant.
What’s one piece that’s particularly significant to you out of your Fall 2022 assortment, and why?
Going into the picture shoot for the gathering, I knew the cropped blazer with the metallic stud buttons would look cool, however I didn’t anticipate it to have as massive of a visible affect because it did. The look encapsulated every thing I like about making garments and embodied what I try to attain as a designer.
What’s your prime tip for sporting a swimsuit?
Don’t be afraid to put on a swimsuit in your on a regular basis life; simply put on no matter you need.
Favorite and least favorite pattern this season?
Attempting to stick and sustain with traits might be exhausting, so I don’t essentially comply with them. However I like fits and seeing folks’s completely different interpretations of them.
How would you describe Toronto’s type?
I imply, Toronto’s so massive, so it’s a little bit of a mishmash, however there’s positively one thing taking place style-wise within the metropolis; it’s simply too exhausting to explain. Some actually cool persons are documenting Toronto’s type on Instagram, like 416fits.
What are you watching or studying proper now?
I’m rewatching Mindhunter as a result of I like the color palette of that present. After which a lot of the books I’m studying are sample drafting or stitching method books, which aren’t very thrilling [laughs].
What are 5 gadgets which can be bringing you pleasure proper now?
Henry Davidson has been the senior editor at Wahu Times since 2018. A two-decade veteran of journalism, Henry’s work has appeared in the NPR, Examiner, The Sun and numerous other publications. He is a member of the United Media Guild.