Neu­tral Gear

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At first, AN­DREW COIM­BRA , 30, viewed him­self as a menswear de­signer, but af­ter get­ting short­listed for the womens wear dom­i­nated Toronto Fash­ion In­cu­ba­tor New La­bel of the Year award, he de­cided to try his hand at a pre­dom­i­nantly gen­derneu­tral col­lec­tion for fall (an­drew­coim­bra.com). Coim­bra sees his light­weight puffers in Rorschach-like prints and wide-lapel khaki trenches as “re­vis­ited clas­sics” or sta­ples that have evolved. “I was fo­cused on menswear, but by the na­ture of peo­ple in­ter­ested in the col­lec­tion and la­bel, I shifted a bit be­cause a lot of women were say­ing ‘Oh my, I could to­tally wear that bomber’ or ‘I love that mock neck,’” says Coim­bra, who stud­ied at Toronto’s OCAD Univer­sity and Ge­orge Brown Col­lege be­fore ap­pren­tic­ing at Pink Tar­tan, Philip Sparks and Proenza Schouler. “Cloth­ing is not very spe­cific, I find. You can play into what­ever you want to.” —C.O.

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