It seems like there's a new collaboration every day, but the result of Agi & Sam's (London's answer to New York's Public School) partnership with British heritage shoe brand Grenson is one you'll actually want in your collection.
London Collections has teamed up with MR PORTER to pair six up-and-coming London-based menswear designers with Grenson. Among the talent pool is Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton of Agi & Sam, who in just three years have secured Topman MAN sponsorship, launched a successful capsule collection with Topman, and won this year's BFA Emerging Menswear Designer award.
For the collaboration with Grenson, Agi & Sam gave their signature patterned prints a break to present their take on the classic monk-strap shoe.
"The inspiration for these shoes stems from our instinctive appreciation for texture and print. We used this to play with the elements on a classic shoe but allow it to function and have a contemporary aesthetic," Mdumulla and Cotton said in an interview with The Journal. "We tried to reinterpret the classic black shoe using various elements such as classic leathers. With the use of a solid black sole, we were able to add an element of sportswear to the piece"
The black beauty works equally well with the Mdumulla and Cotton's Fall 2014 collection, as it does with more traditional business suiting.
Other designers who've patterned with Grenson include Miller, Katie Eary, Sibling, Craig Green, and Christopher Raeburn.
—Andrew Villagomez is a men's lifestyle and travel writer and a Details Network contributor. Follow him at @AndyVeeNYC.
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