Founded in the fall of 2015 by multidisciplinary artist and former Off-White graphic designer Samuel Ross, A-COLD-WALL* is an ongoing conceptual art installation and fashion line that explores class, geographic, and racial inequalities within, and beyond, the UK, as well as the social restrictions placed on the expressions of youth cultures. A-COLD-WALL*’s installations and collections often make political and social statements through textual landscapes rather than traditional garment construction and—although this form of fashion design has a long lineage, from Raf Simons to Jun Takahashi to Ross’s mentor Abloh—ACW*’s approach toward text and garment-as-page owes just as much to the Black Arts Movement and contemporary black American experimental poetry.

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