Not content material with entertaining international audiences by means of their snappy, astute and sometimes irreverent movies on YouTube and TikTok, TwoSet Violin has now develop into a vogue label. The Brisbane-based duo of Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, who at the moment boast over three million YouTube subscribers, have launched a brand new vogue line on their sister web site – appropriately named TwoSet Attire – within the type of a seven-part assortment impressed by Gustav Holst’s iconic suite The Planets.
Brett in Venus, Eddy in Jupiter. Photographs equipped
“As classical musicians and content material creators, we’ve all the time believed in making classical music accessible and related to the fashionable technology,” Yang tells Limelight. “The style line to us is an extension of that perception – a clothes model authentically created by, and for musicians.”
The TwoSet mission has all the time been to make classical music accessible and related to their very own Gen Z technology, and whereas the clothes vary with its road vibe will certainly enchantment to the underneath 30s, there’s nothing there that should delay the ‘oldies’ both.
“Rising up as children, we by no means actually had garments that we had an affinity with as musicians,” explains Chen. “We might all the time put on manufacturers comparable to Nike, Billabong or no matter was perceived as ‘cool’ again then. We really feel that as musicians, now we have a lot to supply, particularly since our world is filled with depth and creativity. We’ve all the time puzzled why there wasn’t a clothes line for musicians like us. Trend and music really feel like they’ve all the time had an intrinsic relationship. There’s already a number of that happening in pop music and vogue collaborations, however why not in classical music?”
Brett sporting the Mars hoodie
Like their quirky, comical movies, the TwoSet Attire web site is slickly produced but sufficiently rooted in the true world to present the consumer confidence that the clothes are for actual folks and never simply supermodels. The streetwear assortment is unisex in fashion, and whereas they refreshingly opted for ‘stay’ fashions from music colleges to indicate off the vary, the extra use of manga-inspired graphic figures fairly than pumped up or stick-thin humanoids is fairly cool too.
I put it to them that musicians aren’t all the time identified for his or her sartorial class. Is there a component of makeover happening right here? “Hmm,” muses Yang. “I undoubtedly really feel like musicians do know find out how to gown up. Wasn’t Liszt like a method icon of his time, ha-ha! We in all probability simply don’t put in sufficient effort as a result of we’re all the time training [laughs]. I’m undecided if we’re certified to name ourselves ‘musical stylists’, however we actually do wish to produce clothes that we ourselves would like to put on – high-quality, simple to fashion, and interesting to us as musicians.”
The Planets was chosen for its expansive, inspirational and intrinsically vibrant qualities, in addition to its built-in selection – “every of the seven actions is totally different thematically and musically and listening to them transports you to a different dimension,” says Yang – however Holst appealed for one more purpose. “Holst is among the forefathers of movie music. He’s the OG,” says Chen (that’s ‘authentic gangster’ for readers over 40). “I really feel like he’s bridged the hole from classical music to the movie music that all of us love at present.”
The gathering consists of the nice and cozy ochres of the ‘Venus’ excessive neck shirt with its trendy single stem floral motif; the extra in-you-face ‘Jupiter’ denim jacket with its daring orange and white sphere on the again; and the uber-cool ‘Mars’ hoodie with its dramatic splash of crimson on black. There’s even a smooth ‘Mercury’ messenger bag sporting a silvery winged helmet in opposition to a black background. Every merchandise cheerfully acknowledges Holst and his iconic work.
Eddy carrying the Mercury messenger bag
Aside from the muso on the road, I’m curious to search out out which classical musicians TwoSet Violin would most prefer to see wearing TwoSet Attire. “Wow this one is de facto tough,” laughs Yang. “I’d like to see violinist [Leonidas] Kavakos within the Jupiter denim jacket, with plain black denims and sneakers. For somebody whom I haven’t seen a minimum of gown casually but, it might be actually cool to see him dressed down in informal apparel.”
“Hilary Hahn,” Chen shoots again. “We’ve seen her put on our black Apply Hoodie earlier than which was superior! It might be so cool to see her in our different gear, like our Venus excessive neck shirt too. She’s acquired such a sublime presence, which elevates something she wears.”
The brand new Holst vary sits neatly alongside their present different merchandise, must-have objects with punning titles just like the “Bachpach” (a nifty little rucksack) and the “Chopin Bag” (a trendy tote), to not point out the witty apply stickers you should buy to adorn your instrument case.
Musical stylists or not, TwoSet has a number of concepts for kitting out the historic masters. If he had the prospect, Yang would makeover Tchaikovsky. “His music had a lot ardour and vitality,” he declares. “I’d additionally like to be in a studio enjoying his iconic masterpieces, and placing him in vibrant TwoSet Attire clothes, simply letting him specific himself on digicam.” Chen would select Beethoven. “For me the attract of a makeover is seeing the duality of a topic,” he says. “It might be so fascinating to see Beethoven portrayed as a really eccentric character by means of modern-day clothes.”
In the meantime, the pair are busy entertaining the contestants and viewers on the ongoing 2021 Menuhin Violin Competitors going down nearly in Richmond, Virginia.
Australian audiences ought to undoubtedly be tuning in, with 15-year-old Edward Walton about to signify the house workforce within the semi-finals. After that, there’ll likely be extra to come back from TwoSet. “Aside from content material on our YouTube channel, we’ve additionally created an authentic design for a tote bag in commemoration of the life and instances of Yehudi Menuhin,” says Yang. “Hold an eye fixed out; we undoubtedly have extra plans lined up.”
Try the brand new TwoSet Attire vary on their model web site or on Instagram.