Andrew Coimbra began his career in Fashion Design by studying Material Art & Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design University, before moving into the School of Fashion Studies at George Brown College.
With a strong background in fine art and pattern cutting and garment construction he made an exceptional impact early in his career.
His experience working with the prominent Canadian labels Pink Tartan and Philip Sparks proved to be a solid base for his enriching internship with internationally renowned label Proenza Schouler, in New York City.
The eponymous label launched in 2015 when he was selected as one of five finalists in the Toronto Men's Fashion Week Emerging New Labels competition. Following positive feedback, the label continued to flourish and as recent as 2017 was chosen as a finalist in the TFI New Labels Competition, noted by critics with great regard how the label walks the fine line of androgyny without feeling the need to embrace it fully.
Andrew defines his design aesthetic as cool, refined ease. Strengthened by inspiration drawn from contemporary art and youth culture, combined with an emphasis on tailoring and a focus on fine fabrics, his work offers a new approach to the world of design.
The Fall/Winter 19/20 collection is all about dressing serious but not taking yourself seriously.
The collection maintains an undertone of streetwear ability but motions toward a more refined angle, using playful silhouettes and the structure of late 70's luxury business wear as a directional vessel.
There is a nostalgia to it, exploring staple materials of Andrew’s childhood like corduroy, pebble crepe dress shirting with a retro-inspired oval print repeat, and in the case of the women's collection: velvet devoré.
Exploration in prints focuses on novelty, personal memories; the lyrics from a favourite song as a child, “Dollar Wine” by Byron Lee are used as a graphic on the back of a t-shirt, and hoodies feature photos taken by Andrew showcasing abstract moments of beauty during special moments of his life.