Having formed a strong following after just two years since establishing the brand is no easy feat. But Emily Bode understands that there is, indeed, fascination for her unique and interesting approach to fashion. She delights in getting vintage fabrics and re-working them to create a stylish new wardrobe for today’s gentlemen. Her inspirations are also points of fascination, as they’re often personal, historical, and relatable at the same time, particularly for her Spring 2019 collection. Here, she sheds light on her longtime collaborator Aaron Aujla, a Canadian artist with roots from India. She takes a look back at Aujla’s grandfather’s story on emigrating to Canada when India was still under British rule, and how he was able to make a living through a fabric called “Khadi.” This season, Bode transformed this historic textile into comfy summer shirts, wide trousers, and even a couple of tailored separates. They were youthful and carefree looks, which were complete opposites to the backstory of this fabric. And as a multitude of young men hurries off to buy her pieces, they’ll be wearing the weight of what it means to be an immigrant a few decades ago.
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Photo: Andrew Jacobs