Between 2001 and 2002 the living room of Avoidstreet’s Eduardo Leon turned into an illegal Peruvian restaurant. Located in the suburbs of Milan (metro Piazzale Lotto) and supported uncle Richard and his grandmother, every Sunday Leon’s home was attended by a diverse Latin and queer immigrant community. For some, this living room was a place to taste a good Peruvian meal, for others it was simply a place to change outfits before another shift on the cold Milanese streets.
The two characters within Avoidstreet’s new collection - worker and customer - stem from the archetypes that were frequenting the living room restaurant in the early 2000s. Elements of this space and everything surrounding it found their way into the collection: the curtains that hung in Leon’s grandmother’s home have been transformed into layered skirts with delicate crochet detailing, rice bags from Peru are now oversized, waterproof shopper bags, and emotional scenes from Tecnocumbia music are translated into UV-printed mesh.
Design & styling: Eduardo Leon
Assistant: Alice Simpson
Photography: Giovanni Salice
Casting: Vein agency
Hair and make up: Danine Zwet
Set design: Frederique Albert Bordenave