Under the fittingly dubbed label Afterhomework, French designer Pierre Kaczmarek began crafting custom graphic t-shirts for his classmates at just 15, naturally, only after completing his homework. Joined by 18-year old stylist, Elena Mottola in 2016, the brand has flourished from its charmingly puerile beginnings, quickly garnering critical acclaim for its avant-garde spin on traditional French workwear. Though retaining its foundational streetwear-informed roots, Afterhomework has refined its direction, looking to the aesthetic inclinations of past generations, contemporary French culture and the duo’s own artistically dynamic group of friends to develop its signature deconstructed, androgynous look. Counterposing its slouchy silhouettes with keen attention to tailoring, Afterhomework’s ready-to-wear collections are crafted exclusively in small Parisian ateliers. Despite the design duo’s quick rise to prominence, holding the notable title as the youngest-ever nominees of the prestigious ANDAM award, the label’s homegrown spirit still remains intact with friends modeling and creating music for their runway shows. Afterhomework’s forward-thinking integration of classic haute couture flair with utilitarian aesthetics boldly disregards traditionally gendered tropes in fashion, caving new paths in the realm of contemporary menswear.
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