The Toronto coffee house is bustling with the early rush of urbanites scrambling for their morning caffeine fix as Andrew Coimbra walks in. Dressed in jeans turned up past his ankles and a leather jacket undone, the opening revealing a black sweater with his name embroidered across the chest.
He sits down, refuses a drink and we dive straight into it. Explaining creativity is almost an oxymoron. The phenomenon is difficult to summarize in a language system that relies on structure and rules. Creativity isn’t governed by a series of bullet points or guidelines that, if fulfilled, lead to creation. So we start with a little history.
Andrew Coimbra is a Toronto-based fashion designer, creating clothing for both genders, and is on the brink of getting his brand out into the convoluted world of fashion. His education saw him flit between art and fashion, siding with the former at first as he felt it could lead to greater career paths. Fashion design was still a pipedream. But soon enough the passion for textiles saw him move programs and colleges to a fashion course at George Brown College in Toronto. Interning as he was studying, Andrew worked for Pink Tartan, Philip Sparks, and New York City based Proenza Schouler, gaining invaluable experience. This led eventually to starting his own line in 2015, which now can be found in select boutiques across Toronto and New York City.
Once Andrew has finished explaining how it all began, we begin to dissect the process of creation. Andrew looks daunted by the task at first but is interested to explore how he manifests ideas into a collection. He begins. The way in which he explains his process shows how complicated the process is. We both dart back and forth between politics, culture, society, history, community, and so on, trying to coax out the vocabulary to explain the reasons behind his work.