London-based, German-born Eastwood Danso’s star is on the rise. Still a student at Central Saint Martins, he has already collaborated with Converse on Chuck Taylors reworked into a hiking boot and other trainers on view in his presentation, and his label is stocked at London insiders’ store LN-CC.
His spring 2020 collection, called “Familiar Quantum Leap,” his debut at the London Fashion Week Men’s shows, was made possible by A-Cold-Wall creative director Samuel Ross, who donated his NewGen prize money to the emerging designer, who is now in Ross’ employ.
He drew upon his family history for inspiration. “When my father moved from Ghana to Germany in the Nineties, it was a big advancement for him,” Danso told WWD. “That was his first time experiencing things like snow, bottled water; things in Europe that haven’t really been seen in Africa, straight.”
He said it was also totemic of the evolution he has undergone as a designer since making his first collection in 2016, with competent examples of tailoring and knitwear in the line-up.
Danso’s African heritage was at work in the zip-front high-neck sweater, with intarsia of the traditional Ghanaian Adinkra symbol for “God’s blessing,” and in the cowrie shells that embellished the collar and pockets of a great black leather ensemble.
Versatile, adaptable suiting came in black nylon, with one strong look comprising a blazer with an adjustable drawstring waist, worn with matching pants that had a clip-on pouch with mesh holsters containing bottled water.
Another suit in rust and cream cotton had curved panels on the pants and a jacket with sleeves buttoned at the elbow, which could be removed to reveal a white shirt sleeve beneath.