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Steve Dool

 

Designer Lukas Vincent doesn’t want to deal with grown ups. When asked who the ideal customer is for Ex Infinitas, the label he founded that’s been called the Australian answer to Gosha Rubchinskiy and Vetements, his answer is simple: “A guy or girl who is the eternal 17 year-old version of themselves.” Vincent—himself a youthful 34-year-old—designs clothes that speak directly to a high-low aesthetic.

 

“In Australia, surfing has rarely, if ever, informed local, high-end fashion,” he says. He’s remedied that with hoodies and robes that reference the bum-around young surfers he knew in the beach town where he grew up, done over in luxury fabrics sourced from Italy. Lookbook images, shot by Kanye West collaborator Fabien Montique, appealingly capture the extravagance of dressing like a moneyed burn-out.

 

For his upcoming Fall 2017 collection, Vincent shifted his gaze from the ocean to the mountains, inspired by the wake-and-bake vibes of teen snowboarders. “The origin of surfwear is subcultural and stitched to an alternative lifestyle,” he says. “Creatively, there are endless aspects to explore and weave together.”