From London to Phuket: The Slate launches first collaboration with  London designer Fred
by HappBKK
13 พ.ย. 2564, 10:10

Inspired by Bill Bensley’s designs and arts, leading Brit designer creates the exclusive gender-fluid collection "THE SLATE X FRED”

       Designed by the maverick architect and interior designer Bill Bensley,  The Slate is no stranger to avant-garde art and high fashion. The eclectic retreat transports travellers into a world of dramatic dreamscapes, with original installations and sculptures that reflect the area’s rich industrial heritage of Phuket. It is little wonder that the resort is a member of the illustrious Design Hotels collection.

The Slate x This is Fred
This Is Fred specialises in avant-garde unisex streetwear, inspired by the angularity of architectural forms by Bill Bensley

        Now, The Slate is underlining its creative credentials once again by collaborating with This Is Fred, an innovative and edgy London fashion label. Crafted by British designer Frederick (Fred) Morrison, who has presented his collections at the prestigious Paris and Berlin fashion weeks, This Is Fred produces pioneering gender-fluid urban wear, with striking designs that are inspired by the angularity of architectural forms and the fluidity of natural shapes.

        Under the new collaboration, The Slate and This Is Fred have created this exclusive “THE SLATE X FRED” collection, which is influenced by The Slate’s own bold architecture and interiors. Based upon Bill Bensley's aesthetic vision of monochrome accents and the convergence of hard and soft silhouettes, each hand-stitched item features black and white stripes that appear almost magically when the cloth is in movement. The unisex collection comprises trousers, tops, ponchos, jackets and more.

THE SLATE X FRED collection is on display at Shades, the resort's gallery space

        This unique partnership gives guests and local residents the opportunity to view and buy This Is Fred’s stylish streetwear in Thailand for the very first time. The collection is now exhibited at Shades, The Slate’s bright gallery space, and each piece is now available for purchase at The Stockroom at The Slate and its online stores.

        “I discovered Fred in Shoreditch, a very creative and artistic area in East London where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage shops and independent fashion labels. I always prefer small independent brands to well-known international ones. His geometric cut and shape, use of materials and the gender-fluidity of the brand immediately reminded me of The Slate,” commented the resort’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong.

This is Fred x The Slate Phuket        “This Is Fred has a similar brand philosophy to The Slate. Our brands have an avant-garde approach and a very bold way of thinking. I invited Fred and his partner to stay at The Slate at the beginning of 2020, just before the pandemic, to discuss our collaboration. Fred was very much inspired by the resort’s architectural attributes and we decided to create THE SLATE X FRED collection together.”

Designer Fred        Born in Scotland, Fred has been surrounded by fashion all his life. Having qualified in Design & Manufacturing from Glasgow’s Cardonald College, he moved to London to attend the prestigious Italian fashion school, Istituto Marangoni, and went on to work with acclaimed designers such as Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh before creating his own label.

        This sartorial collaboration represents yet another milestone in The Slate’s mission to deliver unique in-stay experiences that blend design, art, fashion and cuisine, while capturing the authenticity of Phuket as a destination. This inventive hotel has previously exhibited works by talented young artists from Central Saint Martins in its “Artist in Residence” programme and hosted one of Thailand’s most famous “Sak Yant” tattoo artists for a three-month residency, which allowed guests to get their own traditional tattoos. Curious explorers can also learn the art of flower arrangement and southern-style Thai cooking or enjoy a unique treatment at the Coqoon Spa.

        Meanwhile, culture seekers who want to learn about The Slate's extraordinary interiors and Phuket’s history can embark on the “Art Journey”, a QR code-enabled tour that reveals the vision behind the resort’s artworks and sculptures. Exclusive experiences and events will be launched in the coming months. 




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