The menswear designer reconstructing streetwear
“When I was studying fashion, my tutor would call me a surgeon as I would always cut my patterns with a scalpel,” says Rav Matharu, who founded clothsurgeon eight years ago. His reconstructed, often patchworked, menswear pieces, which fuse tailoring with streetwear, are made from pre-existing garments sourced from vintage resellers. “Our main signature is the quality of the construction,” explains Rav, whose pieces are made in east London by himself and a small team of craftsmen.
Rav has always been drawn to the super-brands: “I’ve been obsessed with Nike from a young age and it’s been a dream to work with them on several projects – the swoosh is so iconic that it adds an unexpected element when applied to the clothsurgeon silhouettes,” he says. This season, Rav has teamed up with Coca-Cola to create a capsule collection, launching exclusively at Selfridges in store and online. And throughout December, his Coca-Cola-inspired Land Rover Defender takeover was on display in our menswear department at Selfridges London. “We made a canopy at the back using archive advert prints, in the boot was a vintage mini fridge with exclusive Christmas cans and the lighting was a nod to the famous Coca-Cola Christmas truck,” the designer explains.