Finlay Vincent explores clothing as a social construct. Reframing fashion in both a social and material art context, through his clothing brand SYSTEMS. Investigating modularity, dissecting sportswear staples, digitally pattern cut on CLO3D, and turning up-cycled dead-stock fabric into pieces that can be assembled, dissembled and reassembled by the user.
Redesigning for the expansion into non-spaces, and for the nomad that moves around the periphery of our awareness. Using modularity as a means to dissect the dichotomy between function versus aesthetics and create an open-source resource that challenges consumerist behaviours. Finlay's ultimate intention is driving a shift toward a tangible consumer construction experience embedding conscious emotional design to emphasise the softer, more sensitive and vulnerable qualities of contemporary fashion.
The world presents a chaotic mix of have and have nots, of aspiration and apathy, of hopes and dreams captured through your phone screen. A world of permanence replaced by the disposable. The elaborate and grandiose; a Fugazi. Nothing ever truly able to confer a feeling of place, we are constantly in transit moving towards the streets, where a few days back there were riots here. We give in to the inhospitality of clothing in which one is constantly under surveillance by both CCTV and the passer-by.
Entitled ‘Products of the Block', the concept of this collection presented was to explore my hometown of the West Midlands indicted as a place of archetypal angry and selfless citizens. The combinational unpredictability of forms and materials, the patina of smog created its industrial past and in a modern context the crisscross of identities, leaves outsiders at any given moment questioning its consciousness and usefulness. Yet every single corner and person has a reason for being there.
The modular and multi-functional garments encourage a buy less, buy better design philosophy while promoting individualist androgynous fashion. ‘Systems’ intends to be a fully open-source and hyper-consequential clothing brand, using a yearly subscription model that will evolve considering the life cycle of the garment thus becoming timeless styles, not trends. Customers can swap pieces in and out depending on the weather and personal preference. Alongside this the ‘Resystems’ project will allow you to recycle your old garment into new pieces through the subscription model or to be donated to the ‘+Systems’ project which can be donated for through the homeless, schooling or healthcare channels. Take the garment and construct, deconstruct, reconstruct. It is fundamental to input new pieces in areas you had not considered, make mistakes. Choose your visibility and where you want to share your details. Question the significance of your ‘system’ and consider how reconfiguring it will create new solutions.