I’ve clocked a reasonable amount of Google hours searching for variations of ‘neo goth clothing,’ – you know the look. Asymmetry, black on textured black, the new Dark for a new age of dour despair. Once upon a time, the main showcase for this kind of style was fashion week. As with anything catwalk, it eventually filtered down to the masses, but there’s an obvious quality gap between couture and poorly constructed high street knockoffs.
Luckily, we’re now blessed with a number of middle ground options, and one of these is Sanctus Clothing.
The label is Lucinda Sinclair’s sophomore brand, formed in the wake of her debut project Fawn & Faith. A number of staple pieces cater for the post-apocalyptic warrior, combining aesthetics with practicality. But there’s a stealth application of greys, white and neutrals too: perfect for the black-hearted amongst us who’d like to boldly try a taste of colour. So many mainstream brands have done the occult thing in the past couple of years, but Sanctus makes use of digital printing for a punky, fresh take on the trend.
Another highlight of Sanctus’ collections thus far, has been their versatility. Right now, there’s only one official menswear piece – the guys’ version of the Revenant hoody – but thanks to positive feedback, there’ll be more to come in the future. Regardless, much of Lucinda’s work benefits from an androgynous silhouette, increasing its appeal to all sexes.
Perhaps the brand’s biggest draw, however, is its commitment to exclusivity. This sentiment isn’t reflected in the cost – Lucinda’s prices are outstandingly affordable – but in the ‘limited edition’ status of each garment. Every design is restricted to just 50 pieces, allowing the customer to own something relatively rare.
Dystopia is set for release in February.
Words: Sam Handley