agi and sam

22nd Jul 2013

Five Minutes with…. Agi & Sam

We have long been supporters of young British design duo Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, who met while working at Alexander McQueen before going it alone to set up their menswear label, Agi & Sam. The busy twosome gave us five minutes of their time to chat British fashion, style and everything in between.

Tell us a little bit about what you guys do.
We are a menswear design company that makes contemporary print based clothes and doesn't take fashion too seriously.

What does British style mean to you?
British Style for us is both the most considered and the most exciting. It shows a juxtaposition between heritage, tradition, eccentricity and contemporary design.

Which British fashion designers do you admire?
Shaun Samson, Christopher Raeburn, Craig Green, Alan Taylor.

Agi and Sam designs have a very unique style, what inspires these designs?
Our inspiration usually comes from humour. We've always wanted to have fun with what we've done and try and make people smile.

Finally, if someone was coming to spend the weekend in London, what would you recommend they do and see?
I'd advise them to go straight to Topman and buy our entire Agi & Sam x Topman Collection before it’s all sold out. Then walk down the Thames and go and see the Tate Gallery, followed by walking through Borough Market and grab some snacks before going to the Design Museum. Sit down for lunch at River Cafe before taking Boris Bikes out and riding around Greenwich, finally heading up to get a Saint and dinner at Sushi Samba with its amazing views of London.


16th Jul 2013

Summer Reads

Although it’s hard to believe, sometimes whiling away the time on the beach and working on your suntan can be a little boring. So when we came across Mr Porter’s Summer Reads, we couldn’t think of a better way to keep ourselves entertained during what’s shaping up to be a long, hot summer.
The top 10 list includes a musical memoir from Ahmir Thompson, a story of espionage from Toby Barlow, and a coming of age tome from Ashley Cardiff.
Be it a staycation or vacation  - a chilled Saint and these novels will have you enjoying the summer sun even more than before. 


9th Jul 2013

The Secret Nuclear Bunker

As the threat of nuclear war loomed in Britain in the ‘60s, an RAF station situated in a sleepy part of Essex became a secret nuclear bunker to house the Prime Minister along with members of his office and the military.

Now open to the public, you can explore floor by floor to get a real understanding of how this bunker, set on 25 acres of land, was used in the past. There’s even a dressing up area so you can make like a real soldier and try on authentic military uniforms and gas masks.

A pretty cool way to spend the weekend, wouldn’t you say?


3rd Jul 2013

Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House

If you’re after something weird and wonderful to do in London, Leandro Erlich’s got it covered with his illusionary Dalston House installation.

Built on the site of a Victorian house that was destroyed in World War II, the Dalston House makes it seem that visitors are scaling the house or hanging on for dear life. The illusion is made possible due to a huge mirror that hangs overhead at a 45-degree angle.

So if you find yourself in east London between now and 4th August, pop by to Dalston House on Ashwin Street where you’ll also find talks, workshops and live performances related to the installation too. And after all that excitement, we suggest relaxing with a chilled bottle of Saint at The Kings Head on Kingsland Road.


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