LFWM’s: Designers to Watch

by Charlotte Smith

There does not seem to be a shortage of talent in the menswear department of late and with London Fashion Week Men’s slowly approaching there’s a few that’s captured our attention for all kinds of good reason.


London based designer Samuel Ross launched A-COLD-WALL* in 2015, with his collections synonymously incorporating – and celebrating, styles of the British working class and youth culture that are often overlooked.  After being awarded the NEWGEN sponsorship last year, the LVHM finalist, who is the ex-assistant and now consultant to OFF – WHITE’s Virgil Abloh is progressively rising to the top of the fashion circle and rightly so. Starting his collection from a t-shirt sale to presenting a 200 piece AW 18 collection, his imminent rise has seen him work on Art installations, furniture releases and collaborations with Nike, so it should come as no surprise that A-COLD-WALL* is becoming a favourite at LFWMs and now extending the line to feature womenswear. “While we are framed as a men’s brand, ACW has always developed by product rather than for gender, that allows us creative freedom,” Ross explains to i-D.

Liam Hodges

From Drake to Big Sean, Liam Hodges has garnered quite the celebrity following for his hard-wearing utilitarian workwear. Edgy but clever, he often draws inspirations from modern male subcultures, with his sharp and astute use of graphics to reference English paganism, Hip-Hop skatewear, UK streetwear and Post-Punk. He debuted his collection in 2014 for Fashion East, which was instantly stocked by Tokyo retailed Gr8 and Dover Street Market amongst 10 other global stores. Today Liam Hodges is stocked in 30 shops from in Los Angeles, Seoul, Russia and Australia. Hodges went on to secure sponsorship under the Topman backed MAN for three seasons.

Blood Brother

Founded in 2011, Nicholas Biela and James Waller’s Blood Brother was founded on the ethos of togetherness, ‘integrity, roots and ambition’. What started with just six statement t-shirts has now evolved into everyday wearable staples and streetwear apparel, cementing itself as one of LFWM’s most exciting show year in and out. The success has acquired them a retail space in the trendy streets of East London, as well as being sold exclusively in Harrods and via Blood Brother online. Both graduates of the London College of Fashion, the brand’s tremendous growth has paved way for collaborations with River Island and Guinness and is available in over ninety stockists worldwide, garnering a celebrity following including the Migos.


Founded in 2012, it’s safe to say Cottweiler has been nothing short of a success. Started by duo Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty met on a school trip to Paris, prior to kickstarting the brand that has now collaborated with the likes of Reebok, Nike, Mulberry and The Natural History Museum. Cottweiler were also the recipients of the 2016/17 Menswear International Woolmark Prize, semifinalists for the LVHM prize and the won the support of British Fashion Council NEWGEN. It’s not hard to see why the brands aesthetic has won so much critical acclaim. The pair have abridged the gap between tailoring and streetwear with their clean aesthetic, tailored functionality mixed with sportswear and innovative materiality, their pair have abridged the gap between tailoring and streetwear



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