OHIO-BORN DESIGNER EDWARD BUCHANAN, THE MIND BEHIND THE CULT KNITWEAR BRAND SANSOVINO6 IS GRADUATE AT THE PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN IN NY. HE IS A BON VIVANT WITH A POLITICALLY ENGAGED VISION. DISCOVER THE INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATIVE.
Your core production is knitwear. Do you want to explore other sectors?
I am still exploring the medium of knitwear. What i find interesting is that we must create the “fabric” by understanding the form of the body.
Let’s talk about your social’s hashtag #clublonely. What is the reason about this choice.
Provocation. Social media can be therapeutic when used in an intelligent way. “Club lonely” is an imaginary space where we reflect in solitude. It’s a space where we all find ourselves in at some point. There is a comedic angle to it but also comedic moments of reflection. The phrase actually comes from a 90’s club hit by Lil Louis.
What is your inspiration right now?
In this moment i’m quite inspired by the idea of a vacation. It’s the ultimate luxury.
Let’s talk about your being American. How did you live the first July 4th 2017 under Trump Presidency?
I have to say that i was not surprised by the result. I grew up in Ohio where the reality of different backgrounds and beliefs existing on a large scale in the same place have not always been pleasant. I have seen and felt hate first hand. Trump is also a celebrity and with this in mind we could not be surprised that his popularity assisted in his victory. The next steps are to continue to resist and demand democracy. We have to continue to move forward but always being conscious of all sides of the political spectrum.
Recently, African-American women have denounced cultural appropriation by white homosexual men. What do you think?
Well… it is easy for me to understand this subject. At times what one person may consider appreciation, another person may consider mockery. Black women are racially and socially oppressed in America, i think their character should not be a subject for mockery.
You are part of the Gotha of hype fashion: would you like to point out a brand that excites you?
There are many intriguing young creatives that i appreciate. I am very interested in the support of independants working their way in a system that does not always support them. I’m happy Wales Bonner has been attracting deserved attention.
What makes you happy?
Interview by Lorenzo Sabatini
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