KING OF CLUBS: Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, designers of the Agi & Sam men’s label, were the men of the hour at the ME hotel’s Radio Bar in London Sunday night, when British Men’s Health hosted a party in their honor.
Among the eclectic guest list was singer Conor Maynard, presenter Billie JD Porter, members of the band Don Broco and politician Chuka Umunna.
Mdumulla and Cotton, who had shown their spring collection on Saturday during London Collections: Men, also made sure the party was a family affair. Cotton’s parents were in attendance, but without his 95-year-old grandmother, who had sat front row at the duo’s show. “When we came out for the bow, I saw her and waved and she just burst into tears,” Cotton said. “I wanted to hand her a bunch of flowers but Agi said no.” Mdumulla reasoned that as up-and-coming London designers, they needed to cultivate a more “badass” image than giving a grandmother flowers would suggest.
Mdumulla has had plenty of practice at honing his hipster credentials. Alongside designing the collection, he hosts a club night at Clutch, an ethical fried chicken restaurant near to east London’s Columbia Road. “I play everything from Madonna to Drake,” said Mdumulla of his favored tracks.