Expert tailors, vintage preservationists, and performance artists all in one, Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh founded Art Comes First (ACF) to keep the art form of hands-on craftsmanship in clothing alive and well.
Their current project, ‘The Hard Graft,’ is an art installation that comes to life on the spot. By applying DJ’ing techniques to menswear (from ‘crate-digging’ for vintage pieces, to ‘blending’ the dismantled parts, to a ‘final mix’ of styled-out looks), the ACF team creates a sartorial tribute to music legends from Chet Baker to Hendrix—in the span of a day, as passersby look on in awe.
For More: The video above documents ACF’s performance at CIFF in Copenhagen. Check out detailed photos on ACF’s Tumblr, a visual recap of their recent NY installation here—and if you’re in the neighborhood, catch the next ‘Hard Graft’ exhibit August 19-21 at Liberty trade show in Las Vegas.