Since starting his label, A-COLD-WALL* back in 2015, designer Samuel Ross has made a name for himself as a force to be reckoned with on London’s menswear scene – earning himself a Fashion Award from the British Fashion Council for Emerging Menswear Designer in 2018, and a nomination for the 2018 LVMH Prize. The designer has also created two collections for Oakley and released a number of collections in collaboration with Nike since 2017.
As a celebration of this ongoing partnership, last week, Ross was invited to host an event which saw him in conversation with Dazed’s founder Jefferson Hack at Central Saint Martins. Discussing his non-traditional entry into fashion, the designer shared tips on how to start your own label, explained how he started ACW*, and discussed what he learnt from his mentor Virgil Abloh. The talk was a full circle moment for Ross, as he advised students at the same institution his father studied Fine Art at in the 80s, and talked about growing up viewing Nike as the “apex of fashion” – despite the fact he was unable to afford the label and had never imagined he would be working with the brand years down the line.
Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe – 2019
BFC GQ Fashion Fund Award – Winner, 2019
British Emerging Talent Menswear – Winner, 2018
LVMH Award Finalist – 2018
ANDAM Award Finalist – 2018
British Fashion Award Nominee for
Emerging Talent Menswear – 2017