From L to R Alex wears 000-9: Grey clerk suit, Grey escorial wool tie, white button down shirt // Alex wears 000-9: Kente D.B Tuxedo Jacket, White tuxedo shirt // Daniel wears 000-6: Grey deconstructed D.B
Words Helen Jennings Photography Adrien Sauvage
Adrien Sauvage has channelled his Ghanaian roots into his latest menswear collection Black Volta. He worked with a kente weaver to come up with his own take on the indigenous woven fabric in muted monochromes, which now furnishes ties and his key look, a double-breasted silk tuxedo with peak lapels and jetted pockets, with an authentic, contemporary spirit. The range of A. Sauvage suits come in a red, white and black colour palette (taken from the colours of the Black Volta river flag), which allows for easy mix and match styling.
“I hadn’t been to Ghana in eleven years so this collection is a reflection of me going back to my heritage and doing something with integrity,” says the London-born designer. “I also wanted to show my friends and family what I’m up to and get them involved by modelling the clothes.”
He took the collection to Accra and Cape Coast, where his father, cousins and several interesting local characters obliged him by wearing it for photographs. The results continue Sauvage’s Captains And Natives series, his case study in individuality that hails the famous (such as Plan B, Mark Ronson and Coco Sumner) and not so famous (Daniel the fisherman from Old British Accra) in equal measure.
Sauvage is currently working on a womenswear line of deconstructed suiting, making a short film called Costumier and will open a London flagship store just off Bond Street in September.
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