LVMH YOUNG DESIGNER PRIZE NOMINEE, 2017
WOOLMARK PRIZE FINALIST, 2016
DENYC DESIGN FINALIST, 2015
ECCO DOMANI EMERGING DESIGNER FINALIST, 2014
Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough are American designers of Nigerian and Scottish origin, living and working in New York. Their aesthetic embodies a tailored militancy intertwined with progressive anatomical and architectural references, which has been shaped by Abasi’s eight years as a sergeant in the US Military, and Rosborough’s background in basketball and art.
They met in school whilst studying tailoring and menswear design at FIT and developed their first collection together in 2013. Although their work has evolved to include sportswear, Abasi and Rosborough have stayed true to their initial vision to steadily reimagine tailoring for the 21st century.
Abasi Rosborough collections are made ethically in New York, using sustainable and recycled deadstock fabrics found in warehouses throughout the city, and sold in boutiques around the world.
The men’s suit is devised in Victorian England. Over the next 150 years, it spreads across the world to all cultures to epitomize sophistication and professionalism.
(Robert de Montesquiou by Giovanni Boldini. This painting is one of Abdul and Greg's favorites from the History of Menswear course they took in design school.)
The men’s suit is worn around the world by millions of men each day. It has not evolved to meet the needs of the modern man for versatility, climate, or movement. It exemplifies conformity and obedience, and to be called "a suit" implies a negative connotation.
(Greg's iPhone photo from 2010 on the L train from Brooklyn to Manhattan during rush hour.)
Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough begin a project to study anatomy, and understand how the body moves and breathes.
(Abdul's initial hand-drawn anatomy studies in 2011.)
Abasi and Rosborough begin to experiment with patternmaking and reengineered tailoring.
(Greg's initial design done in Adobe Illustrator in 2011).
Abasi and Rosborough make 15 prototypes with a variety of panels and anatomical lines to wear and test their idea.
(Abdul wearing one of the final muslin prototypes in the Garment District, in 2012.)
The first ABASI ROSBOROUGH CONCEPT Jacket (ARC Jacket) is finalized. It allows the wearer to move and breathe, and preserves the archetype, lineage, and cultural meaning of the original design.
(Greg's final design sketch for the ARC Jacket, 2012.)
Abasi and Rosborough design shirts, trousers, and coats within their new design architecture, to present an evolved, flexible vision for 21st century tailoring and clothing design and construction.
ABASI ROSBOROUGH is founded in New York, the first collection, AW13 ORIGIN launching exclusively with Isetan in Tokyo. The collection is made of only natural fiber textiles, in the Garment District in New York.