I’m a bit surprised over the fact that I have maintained this blog since May 2006 and have hardly mentioned the fashion brand Social Suicide. Guess it’s one of those constantly ongoing things that you just don’t think to talk about.
Social Suicide is a fashion brand founded by two very good friends — Simon Waterfall and Matthew Grey. They started up the brand about the same time that I joined POKE back in 2003.
My final project at Hyper Island was to develop the brand online, build a website and develop the graphic profile. It was a well-received project and was even recognised and featured in Creative Review.
Photograph of the Creative Review piece featuring my final project on Social Suicide.
Photograph of the book that was part of the documentation of the project.
Since then i’ve been helping the boys out with everything from business cards, websites, online shop, suits, delivery etc and so on.
Thw below photograph is one of many great stories surrounding Social Suicide. Simon Waterfall was invited to meet the Queen. For the occasion we designed a special suite.
The Pearly Kings and Queens are an East London tradition as old as the bricks and mortar of Bow Bells. They are the aristocracy of the working classes.
We used the tailoring traditions of the working class to make a suit for the monarch. 400 hand sewn mother of pearl buttons form an image of HRH as seen on British coinage and postage stamps. Simon was invited to the Palace and he went in the suit: “We were very kind your Majesty – we used a postage stamp from the 1970s”.
Since 2003 the brand and it’s products have matured a lot. The bold statements have become more subtle and have been fine tuned with a more sophisticated edge. The cut of the suite and material have been refined. Matthew, who’s working on Social Suicide full time, has built contacts with sellers as well as manufactures and prepared the whole concept with great success.