KM&B’s first menswear collection showcased at The Covent Garden Hotel in a cosy suite. Champagne was served on arrival as guests were invited to view the garments. The AW14 range is a collaboration between the label’s Cameroonian designer, Olivia M’bia and British designer, Emma Griffiths.
A strong theme of paneled leather and refined minimalism is evident at first glance. A closer inspection reveals intricate attention to detail in the shape and cut of the garments with deconstructed tailoring taking a forefront.
Formal pieces like the classic shirt are given a twist such as the addition of a mandarin collar. This is presented alongside sportswear from lightweight trousers with long ribbed cuffs to soft jersey t-shirts. Garments are fashioned from fine wool and cotton from Cameroon, providing work for local craftsmen across a range of charities.
Leather is staple fabric in this collection, be it soft nappa from Cameroon or tough calfskin used on jackets. The jackets are embellished with paneled leather applique and small leather details also feature on trousers for pocket flaps and buckles.
As I speak to designer, Emma, she picks out her favourite items – an appliqued bomber jacket and grey jersey t-shirt with leather across the shoulders, ‘I love the structure the leather adds to the shoulders despite it being a soft piece.’ Finally, I ask her how she would describe the KM&B aesthetic, ‘slimming, flattering and versatile…Suited to every kind of man.’