Inspired by the slow, relaxed lifestyle of 19th century dandies, or flaneurs, East-London based Christopher Brogden makes his Capsule debut with CSB London, showing his sophomore collection with us in Paris. Slow fashion is particularly interesting to Brogden. “In menswear, silhouette and trends move much slower than womenswear, and I prefer to wear and design clothes that have a more timeless appeal to them,” he explains.
Each season Brogden plans to create a full wardrobe for the modern man. For SS16 he integrates technical and sporty elements and trimmings alongside traditional fabrications and tailored silhouettes. The designer plans to collaborate with different artists and creatives every season.
Meet Christopher at Capsule Paris, June 26-28, and read our interview with him here.
What is your professional background story?
After graduating London College of Fashion I worked for a variety of brands from New York, London and Paris designing across all product areas which included main line and formal wear to diffusion and more sports related collections. The idea was always to learn as much as I could about how a fashion business worked from concept right the way through to production before starting my own line.
Tell us about CSB London – what is the inspiration behind the collection?
SS16 sees the collection moving in a more technical and sports influenced way with the use of, thermo welding, engineered stripes and a modern take on argyle.
How does the flaneur aesthetic manifest itself in your collection?
Flaneur means stroller or saunterer and these sharply dressed characters used to walk around the streets of Paris in the 18th Century with no particular object in mind except to absorb their surroundings. They became known as the eyes and ears of the city, and were often seen walking tortoises to slow down the pace of life. The Flaneur represents somebody who is attentive to art, fashion and culture and who notices the detail - CSB London collaborates with different artists and creatives every season to produce a complete wardrobe for the modern day Flaneur.
What is a key item for SS16?
A lot of the outerwear for this season are laser cut, fully waterproof and with no stitching - the coats are mainly constructed with glue. My favourite is the short laser cut parka which has been bonded to calf nappa leather. Other key items would be the broken argyle printed shirts or reversed seam hybrid blazer.
What book are you currently reading?
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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