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2 Apr

Toussaint Rosefort to Debut Signature Collection

Harlem, Recent York-based designer Toussaint Rosefort didn’t need to travel far and wide for design inspiration for his signature label.

Born and raised on Long Island, he ceaselessly visited relatives in Recent York City and day-tripped there along with his father, who commuted there for work. The cultures of the five boroughs inspired the debut collection, which will likely be unveiled Thursday night at a show at St. Georges Church near Gramercy Park.

The predominantly black menswear has style options for either gender. The handful of ladies’s ones will include a custom bridal ensemble that mixes a luminous cape with a protracted black skirt. His designs draw upon such opposing conduits as clergical cossacks and the Bauhaus and Brutalist schools of architecture.

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His uncle Santos Espada’s work as a clothier intrigued Rosefort. As a school undergraduate, he studied political science on the University of Buffalo and later studied at Parsons School of Design “to get what he needed from some great teachers,” including former fashion illustrator Glenn Tunstull.

After consulting for just a few firms, including Tommy Hilfiger for its urban push in jeans, Rosefort decided to begin his company. To that time, the runway presentation will feature female and male models. A bridal look geared for curvaceous brides that might be custom ordered will close out the show. A bondage wrap blazer, a cashmere wool puffy trenchcoat and rose petal pants are expected to be key pieces within the 20-piece collection.

Aiming to supply wholesale and direct-to-consumer, the designer said buyers from specialty stores will likely be available at Thursday’s show. With retail prices starting from $200 to $2,000, the “clean and concise” line is supposed to be versatile enough for an evening that starts on the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center and ends at a rave in Brooklyn, Recent York, in line with the designer. His indie spirit will likely be evident within the runway show’s casting, which is able to feature Logan Sylve, Dylan Blanco and other friends, who’re artists, models and deejays. Matt Rossi, for instance, won’t only style the show but will model in it.

As a nod to the show’s religious setting, there will likely be pieces which might be paying homage to priests’ robes and symbols of crosses. After spending a superb period of time “cold-calling” different churches in town and scouting venues, the designer said his aim was to respect the religious aesthetic and never change an excessive amount of for the show. With dim lighting, seating for 75 and a stupendous interior that features a subterranean element, the Rutherford Place location had “the romantic, old feel” that Rosefort sought.

The primary-year projected wholesale volume for the self-funded launch is upward of six figures. Rosefort said he had been approached a couple of financial investment but prefers in the intervening time to take care of creative and financial control. Which will change because the business progresses, he said.

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