Rottingdean Bazaar

Rottingdean Bazaar


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Photography Hill & Aubrey, styling Nell Kalonji

The surreal design duo drawing on dirty socks and pubes to put the freaky back into fashion

AgesJames 32, Luke 35
LocationBrighton, United Kingdom

Dried flowers, dirty socks and pubes are the wonderfully weird source materials that designers James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks use to create found-fashion ‘experiments’ under the moniker Rottingdean Bazaar. The brand is named for its base in the seaside village of Rottingdean, Sussex, and the Hampstead Bazaar Brooks used to walk by daily as a student.

A chance meeting after modelling in artist Julie Verhoeven’s video installation “Comfort and Joy” led the Central Saint Martins graduates to collaborate on the project, which began late 2015, and has quickly become an anarchic highlight of the fashion schedule.

Emerging out of London’s Fashion East programme, the duo perplexed show-goers with ‘garment care’ labels instructing patrons to “fill in the white stripes on a Breton top with a permanent marker” and affix the Rottingdean label. Rottingdean Bazaar’s entirely fresh take on DIY will expand to include homeware, artworks and editorials, with the aim of making fashion just a little freakier.

Trey Taylor