Mercy X Mankind is a collection by designer Isaac Saqib.
Isaac is American-Pakistani who grew up in New York City. His collection is a reflection of the exceptional multi-culturalism NYC offers; a place to converse on the unity of mankind through beliefs, struggle, love and empathy.
Isaac embodies New York and MXM is built upon its principles: Exhilarating, diverse, expressive, humbling, evolving, challenging and unforgettable.
With the help of an intimate team of individuals that complement him — dynamic, inclusive, inventive, artistic and yearning for freedom – Saqib’s MXM’s collections explore human emotions and assert the power of understanding others through Mercy.
All MXM garments and accessories are made in Brooklyn, with the exception of the leather goods which Saqib insists be artisanally sourced in his mother country of Pakistan.
Fall/Winter 2021 Collection
We live in polarized times. The technologies that were meant to connect us have had the reverse effect – they have exponentially increased social dilemmas. With effortless ability we reduce the distance that separates mankind, but somehow, along the way, we forgot that the real power is to coalesce.
For its Fall/Winter 2021 Collection, Isaac Saqib and his team searched nature for evidence of coalescence, factors that could teach mankind cohesion. They found it in the desert, earth’s most abundant demonstration of desperate particles – dust – and simultaneously the most visually coherent. Humans share the same trajectory. Irrespective of race, creed, status or appearance we are all made of tiny, dry particles of earth — dust. What stops us from exhibiting the same coalescence?
Tones of beige, sky blues, reds and oranges against long, carelessly open silhouettes, unfinished seams and natural fibers like leather, cotton and wool is reminiscent of the desert’s soft coherence. All the while, this collection was shot on green screens in Brooklyn and virtually transported around the world with effortless technology. Mercy x Mankind explores the strength of coherence that can transcend both virtual and physical space.
The verb to “coalesce” means to come together to form one mass or whole. Mankind can only come together when we understand our individual selves and then each other; by accepting our differences we reveal our similarities. This collection is a reminder that the very things that separate us will most likely be the ones that unify us.
Collection highlight: The Prayer Puffer
In Isaac Saqib’s Muslim faith, the act of collective prayer is a daily demonstration of coalescence; a sacred act that encourages unity, cohesion, community, irrespective of ethnicity, identity, wealth or ideology. While printing such scene on a jacket might be considered controversial, Isaac sees it is as art borrowing from the best of life.
All images courtesy of MXM