Friday, June 24, 2022

Stefan Cooke

LVMH 2019 FINALISTS

Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt are the London based duo behind the menswear brand, Stefan Cooke. Both Stefan and Jake graduated with MA degrees from Central Saint Martins of London in womenswear, menswear, and textiles. From here they established their brand, Stefan Cooke, in 2017. The combination of Cooke’s subversion of textile techniques and Burt’s skill for silhouette and design underpins the signature style of the brand. Original techniques and collaboration is at the heart of the process for their work and continues to be a force of innovation. In the short span of two years, the emerging label has already found its voice amid London’s crowded menswear scene.

For patrons of well-tailored menswear and meticulously crafted silhouettes, the current streetwear-obsessed trend can feel, at times, discouraging. But rather than mourning the state of the menswear market, a few young designers who don’t fit the current mold are already preparing for what’s to come. “A lot of people are saying that there’s going to be that resurgence of a man who wants tailoring and nice trousers without the hype,” says Jake Burt, one half of the duo behind London-based menswear brand Stefan Cooke. The brand’s pieces can be unique while unspeakably grounded in reality. “It’s about exploring what you can do within what already exists, clothes we would actually wear, and thinking about how we can warp it, change it, often in the slightest way,” he remarks. Currently, Stefan Cooke’s pieces are all made in the UK, save for knitwear, which is manufactured in Italy.

Stefan Cooke's MA Graduate Collection was met with critical acclaim and saw Cooke named as the joint recipient of the L'Oréal Professionnel Creative Award at the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show at London Fashion Week in February 2017. Shortly after graduating, Stefan received the H&M Design Award in 2018. In the past 3 seasons, the label has gained both critical and commercial success and is stocked at some of the worlds leading retailers including Dover Street Market, Joyce, Opening Ceremony, Han Style and Matchesfashion.com.

I haven't seen a menswear brand as interesting as Stefan Cooke because of the way the amazing duo execute quirks with a precision that sets investment pieces apart from costumes, which is why Burt isn’t wrong when he describes the pair’s aesthetic as “wearable, convincing, and believable.” Cooke and Burt proved with their Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection that they have the rare dynamic talent to keep coming up with new ideas while twisting and twirling around their original ones—like minimizing, exploding, or cutting out their argyles, or messing about with chain mail in unique ways.

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