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Abdulwaheed Abasi

American, born 1980

FIT, Menswear Design, 2006 - 2008

Engineered Garments, 2008 - 2015

Abasi Rosborough, 2013 - Present

Abdul Abasi, a first generation American with Nigerian parents, grew up in Maryland, near Washington DC. Following high school, at 18, Abasi joined the US Military in which he served for eight years, stationed around the world serving in multiple roles for the US Army and NATO. His final assignment was in the Netherlands as a Sergeant where he worked to repair missile systems on Apache helicopters. 

While in the Netherlands, Abasi began to take a deeper interest in fashion and design, and joined a elderly Dutch women's sewing circle to learn to sew. He resigned from the US Military to move to New York and attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and study menswear design. While in school, he interned for Patrick Ervell, and following school was hired by Engineered Garments.

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Gregory Thomas Rosborough

American, born 1983

FIT, Menswear Design, 2006 - 2008

Ralph Lauren, 2008 - 2011

Abasi Rosborough, 2013 - Present

Greg Rosborough, the son of an interior designer and a basketball coach, was raised in Arizona. Rosborough played basketball throughout high school and attended the University of Arizona on an academic and athletic scholarship. While there, at 19, he presented his first design project to Nike, a redesign of the Arizona basketball uniform. The experience fueled his interest in applying to design school.

Rosborough moved to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and study menswear design and tailoring and was elected president of his class. While in school, Rosborough accepted an internship with the Ralph Lauren Purple Label team, his first exposure to Italian tailoring. Following graduation, Rosborough was hired to work at Ralph Lauren on the design team. 

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ABASI ROSBOROUGH

Abasi and Rosborough lost touch for several years following school. They reconnected three years later over coffee and an idea Rosborough had formulated.

While working at Ralph Lauren, Rosborough had asked the senior Italian tailors how they thought the men's suit would evolve over time, and what it might look like in 50 years. The tailors told him that the suit was perfect, and it would never change. As a young designer just beginning his career, Rosborough found it confounding that in his entire lifetime as a designer, the hallmark of menswear, the suit, would not change.

Months later Rosborough witnessed a male flight attendant wearing a suit trying to help a woman to lift a bag into the overhead compartment, but could not raise his arms above his head because of the restriction of the suit. He got off the flight and got in touch with Abasi.

Abasi and Rosborough initially experimented with how to evolve the suit to be flexible, move, and breathe, to make it more fitting to the current times. This experimentation lasted over a year before they had functioning prototypes and committed to designing their first collection and starting a company, a label, together. 

The Abasi Rosborough aesthetic focuses on comfort, flexibility, and natural clothing made sustainably and with integrity in New York. Their modern tailored militancy with refined functional and utilitarian references has been shaped by Abasi’s eight years as a sergeant in the US Military, and Rosborough’s background in basketball. 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 in New York, using recycled deadstock fabrics found in warehouses throughout the city, and sold in boutiques around the world. In 2017, Abasi Rosborough was a finalist for the Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Emerging Designer Prize. In 2018, Abasi Rosborough held their first runway show at New York Fashion Week.

 
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1860

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. One of Abasi and Rosborough's favorites from the History of Menswear course)

2010

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. It exemplifies conformity and obedience, and to be called "a suit" implies a negative connotation. (Rosborough's iPhone photo from 2010 on the L train from Brooklyn to Manhattan during rush hour)

2011

Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough begin a project to study anatomy, and understand how the body moves and breathes. (Abasi's initial hand-drawn anatomy studies)

2011

Abasi and Rosborough begin to experiment with patternmaking and reengineered tailoring. (Rosborough's initial design done in Adobe Illustrator). 

 
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2012

Abasi and Rosborough make 15 prototypes with a variety of panels and anatomical lines to wear and test their idea. (Abasi wearing one of the final muslin prototypes in the Garment District) 

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. (Rosborough's final sketch for the ARC Jacket)

2013

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.

2013

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.

 
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2016

Abasi Rosborough is a finalist for the International Woolmark Prize competition in New York.

2016

The New York Times writes an article about Abasi Rosborough, “How One New Brand is Re-Imagining the Men’s Suit.”

2017

Abasi Rosborough is a finalist for the Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Young Designer Prize in Paris.

2018

Abasi Rosborough hosts their first runway show at New York Fashion Week: “Abasi Rosborough Proves New York Fashion Week Isn’t Dead.”