TheBlaqueBook’s intern Klah contacted me today about an email with a lookbook attached like any other normal brand feature. I asked him to send me the photos to my iPhone; as I gazed at the messages filled with breathtaking menswear. I immediately replied and told Klah to forward me the email so I can get started with this feature. I knew from the photos that this was European.
All of this to say, that I would like to present to some and introduce to others a graduate collection of Sheffield Hallam University created by Benjamin Bertram entitled “Suburban Boys”. Benjamin recently won the Brightest Spark from the Creative Spark exhibition awarded by Rita Britton of Pollyana. His collection is now set to be shown in the Brightest Spark exhibition, held in Sheffield in October of this year.
A little background on the collection:
The collection is based around the idea of disenfranchised youth in Britain and how in times of financial hardship, great creativity is born. Influences for the design work were taken from Suburban Subcultures and Architecture as well as the boy himself; a street lad with a cheeky wink. The collection features menswear staples but with an urban Twist, featuring no colour as I believe colour can distract from form; the garments themselves are intricate in cut. An accent of Gold was used referencing back to “Bling” in Rap culture, something that has also been discussed within politics after the riots in London.
Benjamin’s Design Philosophy: My design Philosophy:
BENJAMIN BERTRAM BELIEVES THAT NO MATTER
WHO YOU ARE, OR WHERE YOU COME FROM, THE
CLOTHES YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR ARE YOUR OWN
PERSONAL STATEMENT. AESTHETICS ARE AS SIGNIFICANT
AS FUNCTION, BUT IT IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT THAT
OUR STYLE CHANGES AND EVOLVES AS WE DO, AND
THAT OUR CLOTHES SAY SOMETHING ABOUT WHO WE
ARE AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME.
I must say that I was elated to have been offered to present this collection to TheBlaqueBook viewers, it is definitely stuff fly people like.
Follow Benjamin on Twitter: @DENT_BBert