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EXSL Exterface & Stiaan Louw

Five years ago South African designer Stiaan Louw and French photographic duo Exterface started their singular collaboration. Enriching their artistry, pushing the boundaries of male iconography, they come up with iconic looks and stories that inspire an ever-growing community. The overwhelming response and their successful artistic partnership has naturally led them to build the EXSL project. “By exploring ideas of cultural belonging, social and sexual subcultures and male archetypes, we bring fantasy to reality.”

You’ve always been about photography. What inspired you to get into the world of clothing? Clothing is a strong aspect of our Exterface body of work as an extension of our aesthetic and as a way to tell our stories. We are our own stylists. Creating a world of fantasies we felt it was interesting and exciting to bring it into reality. That’s why this partnership with our designer friend Stiaan Louw was an evidence. Since our very first collaboration 5 years ago, he has been giving us what we’ve always been needing, and more, in terms of expression and design. With EXSL it’s a continuation of this wonderful thing, we are telling stories between design and photography, complimenting each other and making it available for everyone. EX-SL.com p .

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EXSL is a contemporary and adventurous fashion project uniting the Stiaan Louw and Exterface creative forces. An ongoing thrilling dialogue from Cape Town to Paris, halfway between photography and fashion design. With an unapologetic expression and a tasteful eye, together they redefine underthings and shape a whole new intimate lifestyle for men.

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