A-Sauvage

I'm switching blog reading genre allegiences for a while.  Instead of all the fash-y spots that I normally peruse, I'm instead finding myself engrossed with Decor8, Emmas Design Blog and Tapeten Agentur, aka a place where you can lose two hours looking at wallpaper designs.  Choosing fantasy interior options from the Ikea catalogue when I was 16 was fun but choosing light fixtures, kitchen cabinet handles and paint colours for REALZ is about a thousand times better.  Tapenten Agentur, as German and efficient as they come, is currently where I've honed in on wallpaper choices for the living room (for one wall only of course – don't want to walk into a migraine) and unsurprisingly they're all looking sort of similar and reminding me of the Kente woven silk fabric that graces these A. Sauvage x Dr Martens shoes.

You won't have heard me talk up A. Sauvage as creative director/founder Adrien Victor Sauvage, a former pro basketball player and lifestyle consultant, primarily offers menswear.  You can get the blurb and gist of it all via Style Salvage Steve.  A. Sauvage has recently expanded by creating a line of womenswear, which is rooted in the idea of "Menswear for Women".  It's his collaboration with Dr. Martens though that will have piqued interest from both sexes, especially when these silk Kente Steed shoes are plentiful in womens sizing online.  Sauvage explored his Ghanian roots with a nod to the royal and sacred Kente cloth, crafted by the indigenous Akan people of Ghana.  The geometric triangular formations and woven stripes are muted to shades of grey, black and white in this instance and runs as a motif throughout A. Sauvage's A/W 12 collection.  

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(Worn with Ksubi shirt, Dagmar fluffy cardigan, Ayame tights)

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EOS_M_Default_tcm14-945146Note of Disclosure: Pictures above taken with the new Canon EOS M (available on Amazon) using the black and white grainy filter.  

The pattern is transferred across to womenswear which A. Sauvage is beginning to dip into.  

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A. Sauvage runs a slick operation, everything from art direction, branding to store fit (which stopped me in my tracks when I passed the A. Sauvage store on Maddox Street in London) and he has also called on some interesting collaborators to work with, including the actor Craig Roberts (you might remember him as the charming oddball Oliver in the Richard Ayoade film Submarine).  Roberts starred in this engaging short The Student, which introduces the concept of DE – Dress Easy with 1950s-tinged narration.  The film focuses on all the shoes (note the way the narrator says "praline patent leather" – he makes it sound delicious), ending with the Kente woven silk Dr Martens shoes.  "Has the student found a shoe that speaks for him?", the narrator asks.  Why, YES.  I do believe he has!

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Comments (11)

  1. Lucy says:

    Those wallpaper prints are incredible! Submerged by them!
    xxx

  2. Abdel says:

    As a Ghanaian I loved your piece and am glad this beautiful bit of culture and design is being shared with the world.

  3. solara says:

    i love your outfit in this post! great prints and textures.

  4. The Provoker says:

    I’m also looking for wallpaper or a wall color for one side of the walls in my place… but I’m actually obsessed with those fire place fixtures that you find in NY lofts and want to install a fake one… here’s to hoping lol.

  5. I didn’t know Emma’s Design Blog yet but I really like it. Thanks for the tip! Oh, and only you can make a post on both wallpaper and shoes feel so natural..!

  6. the photos are great, your outfit is beautiful as always. loving the patterns and textures etc ^-^

  7. Emanuel I. says:

    Gorgeous! Lovely print!
    BTW, Happy Fashionistic New Year!!!
    :*

  8. I love the B&W pics with that filter!! I really liked your shoes and outfit textures. Have a great New Year party!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
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  9. Ok, they are really fun shoes :D love them. venusisinmars.blogspot.com

  10. Elia says:

    Have a look at Nina Levett in Vienna. She does cool wallpapers too!
    http://www.ninalevett.com

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