With a Tumblr site as his look book, stylist-turned-designer Adrien Sauvage puts a fresh spin on men’s suiting by casting and personally photographing some of art and music’s finest as models for his debut collection. The black-and-white project, called “This is Not a Suit,” sets the stage for his first collection of suits that mix modern styles with Saville Row-level cuts. As an experienced tailor, the young upstart’s transformation from styling made a natural progression to designing, with the impeccably-conceived collection speaking for itself.
Like many new labels, Sauvage’s motivation was simply that he and his clients couldn’t get the choice or quality of cut and style they desired. With this first collection, Sauvage focuses on fit, offering two styles—a sport jacket and two double-breasted jackets—for the country, as well as a day and evening suit.
Jackets, cut rakishly short, feature working horn buttons as the standard and a plunging lapel for the essential V-shape aesthetic. Double-vented for a flattering shape around hips, the jackets also have a little extra volume worked into the sleeves for added mobility.
Championing precise tailoring, Sauvage leaves the logos and insignias behind for a subtly smooth air and crisp appearance. The only acknowledgment—an A. Sauvage label on the interior of the jacket—has info about its origin along with notes about its inspiration.