Cheap Monday and French-born, London-based designer Faustine Steinmetz have come together to create a limited edition, unisex capsule collection. Carl Malmgren, the Head Denim Designer of the Swedish Jeanswear brand, first approached Faustine after seeing her unique take on the typical denim archetypes. Both brands have long been attracted to the use of denim, though neither tend to use it simply in the classic style. Instead, Cheap Monday and Faustine have been innovators in the varied used of textures, as well as detailed finishing’s, when it comes to their denim designs. This shared love for all things denim made the collaboration an obvious choice.
In terms of a fated partnership, it seems this one really does stem back years. Faustine has described how she used to always dress in Cheap Monday when she was a teenager, making it the perfect collaboration for her. But despite the brands similarities, it’s their differences that makes this collection one to be remembered. Whereas Cheap Monday tend to go for bold, modern jeanswear, Faustine adopts more artisanal methods. The eight-piece range takes the best of both, with everything being wearable yet handcrafted.
Despite the range of jackets, jeans, tees and even a backpack, they all focus on the same two concepts: merino wool felting and fabric pulling. This emphasises both Cheap Monday’s and Faustine’s interest in texture, provided by the use of felting. But sustainability played perhaps the biggest part in designing these pieces, which have all been made using organic cotton.
In true form of both brands, individuality has also been important from the design to the production. Faustine’s interest in the 90s Norwegian Black Metal scene influenced the aesthetic. It’s no wonder the pieces are about encouraging personal expression, particularly when the personality of both brands can be seen in each item. Their common appreciation for the beauty of fabric and textiles is clear from the high attention to detail. Yet this balances against the monochrome colouring, making sure the details don’t get drowned out.
A collection that was influenced by the dark Norwegian Black Metal scene, but still retains its chic finish, could only have come from this collaboration. This genderless fashion seems to be styled for everyone, and not only because of the unisex design. The pieces are costing around half the price of what Faustine’s brand typically offers, making it much more affordable. And for a fresh take on a fabric that everyone thought must have been exhausted by now, the Cheap Monday x Faustine Steinmetz collection has triumphed.