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New Denim Design Talent: Sasu Kauppi

Central Saint Martins’ graduate, Sasu Kauppi presents his  F/W 13 collection of streetwear denims inspired by Nordic black metal.

Dazed Digital recently directed us towards a great new collection from young Finish designer, Sasu Kauppi. Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2011, Sasu left the big city for the familiar snowy surroundings of Helsinki to set up his own label.

Driven by a refined streetwear design aesthetic, Sasu’s F/W 13 collection was inspired by the work of Norwegian black metal photographer Pete Beste. Rather than taking a direct reference to the dark tones usually associated with the cult music scene, Kauppi has reworked his concept cuts in patriotic shades of the Finnish flag. Taking a similar approach to the raw-edged style of  Marques Almeida, Kauppi’s luxe-metal silhouettes are built upon a graphic combination of stark whites layered over deep greencast shades. In an interview with Dazed the designer commented “Just using all-white was too plain as I’m into contrasts and color blocking.”

The collection plays with androgynous themes offering up shredded skirts, cut-off truckers and sportswear style biker jackets. Other key pieces include horn brimmed hat and slouchy denim pants with occult symbol tears running down the leg.

Find out more on the Sasu Kauppi in his exclusive interview with Dazed or head over to the official webpage to see more.

Photography Meri Karhu and Jukka Ovaskainen

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