I first met Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough several years ago at Colibri, the textile and garment dyeing studio in New York while they were working on their first collection. It is rare in New York to see a brand that produces menswear that transcends the usual tropes of streetwear or “classic with a twist.” What I saw in their work from day one is real design – thoughtful, deliberate, painstaking – especially evident in the way they approached tailoring by making it relevant to the way men dress today. I continued to follow their impressive work each season.
What is even more rare in New York is for fashion’s powers that be (I am looking at you, CFDA) to recognize homegrown talent that is not driven by hype. It is then with great pleasure. And now it has taken a foreign fashion authority, LVMH, to recognize Abasi Rosborough, who has been nominated for the 2017 LVMH prize. Abdul and Greg put together a little retrospective of their work for us to commemorate their nomination. You can also follow this link to see the history of our coverage.
— Eugene Rabkin