Sagaboi makes its Milan debut with a collection inspired by Calypso music and culture. The brand’s Creative Director, Geo K. Cooper, pays tribute to the Caribbean musical genre that originated from the songs of enslaved Africans in the 17th Century. Calypso is known for its catchy tunes and witty lyrics that often address social and political issues, making it a powerful expression of resistance and identity in the West Indies.

Cooper, who grew up listening to Calypso legends like the Mighty Sparrow, Harry Belafonte, and Calypso Rose, translates their style and charisma into Sagaboi’s Fall/Winter 2024 collection. He draws from the colorful and eclectic Calypso album covers and stage costumes from the 40s to the 90s, creating a visual feast of textures and hues.

Another distinctive feature of the collection is the use of steel pan motifs, reflecting Sagaboi’s deep affinity with the iconic Caribbean instrument. The steel pan, which was invented in Trinidad and Tobago, is a symbol of creativity and ingenuity that emerged from hardship. Cooper integrates steel pan designs into his garments, such as vests, jackets, dresses, skirts, and bras, giving them a modern and edgy twist.

Sagaboi also collaborates with other brands to complete the look of the collection. The brand partners with ÈTAPE, a Ukrainian accessories brand, to create a round bag inspired by the steel pan, in four different colors. Sagaboi also works with Haus by Everton, a footwear brand founded by two Canadian-Caribbean designers, to showcase their unique and bold mule slippers for men.

Check out the collection below: