The creative force behind quickly rising label S2VS is Sean William Salim. Salim considers himself “a late bloomer in fashion. He did not actively pursue a career in the fashion industry until 2004, at the age of twenty-one. At that time, Salim enjoyed shopping for clothes, but felt there was not a selection of interesting and enticing clothes that he could afford. Swearing to change that, and while in the process of obtaining a degree, Salim applied for the Parsons School of Design and was accepted. His education at Parsons propelled him into the limelight. His “senior thesis at Parsons was a big hit with press and stores wanted to buy it. The rest is history.”
The S2VS fall collection draws inspiration from the Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Salim noted, “It was a very utilitarian period and people layered up to keep warm because they couldn’t afford that one good cashmere coat.” An ongoing theme that continues into Salim’s upcoming spring collection, special attention was paid to children’s wear. The collection takes inspiration from the best of industrial children’s wear and updates the adult silhouette to find the perfect mix of youthfulness and sophistication.
Salim’s upcoming spring collection is inspired by children wear of the 80s. Viewing past images of his childhood, Salim feels that clothes for children were much more interesting back then. Children’s clothes appeared to have more character than the clothes of today. They were infused with “puppies, stripes, nautical, and school uniform elements.” Children’s wear back then was specifically created with children in mind. Salim feels that children wear now is a “crap version of adult wear.” Hopefully, the S2VS spring 2009 collection will shape up to be the best of both worlds; child and adult.
What inspired you to start your own line?
I felt like I have a point of view and a goal to create a brand that is correctly representing today’s aesthetics and the most important thing is to keep it affordable.
What does S2VS stand for?
That’s one very big secret. Though I assure you that there is a logical explanation behind it.
How do you view your own collection?
I view it as style that reflect on today’s culture and attitudes in menswear, which I find is a nostalgia for the past and a fascination with the future. The clothes tend to have a hint of vintage and sci-fi to them, which are two of my favorite genres.
Who do you imagine wearing your clothes?
I think S2VS is for everyone. While not everyone wants to wear the skin baring tank tops, there are wonderfully constructed shirts and coats. It essentially is a brand for people who care a little about fashion but does not have fashionista as pre-requisite.
For more information and/or stockists, please visit the S2VS official website.
Thanks to Sean!
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