Samuel Ross

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Samuel Ross
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Samuel Ross

(1991-05-26) May 26, 1991 (age 31)
London, England
EducationDe Montfort University
University of Westminster
Occupation(s)Fashion designer, artist, industrial designer
Label(s)A-COLD-WALL*, SR_A

Samuel Ross (born 1991)[1] is a British product and fashion designer, creative director and artist. He is known for founding the fashion label A-COLD-WALL* and working with brands such as Hublot, Off-White, Oakley, Nike and Barney's.[2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Ross was born in the Brixton neighbourhood of London, United Kingdom to second generation Windrush parents of Caribbean descent.[1] Shortly after his birth he moved to Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.[7] He attended and graduated from de Montfort University, Leicester where he received first class honours for a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration and was awarded the FSG design award in 2012.[8]


After graduating from university, Ross worked as a graphic product designer for Wilkinson and Beko.[7] He went on to intern for and subsequently work with luxury streetwear label Off-White after reaching out to the label's founder Virgil Abloh, who became Ross's mentor. During his time working for Abloh, Ross also designed for Kanye West's creative content company Donda.[9]

He founded the fashion label A-COLD-WALL* in 2015.[10] Through A-COLD-WALL*, Ross has collaborated with Nike, Converse, Dr Martens, Timberland, Mackintosh, Aqua di Parma, Kohler, and Diesel’s Red Tag.[11][12][13][14][15]

As of 2020, Ross is a brand ambassador for Hublot.[16] “This relationship from the very beginning with Hublot was about redefining how designers and artists and creative directors work with the luxury sector beyond the traditional collaboration model,” said Ross in an interview with HYPEBEAST.[6] He featured prominently in Apple's Behind the Mac campaign.[17]

Ross launched SR_A (Samuel Ross & Associates) at the Hublot Prize exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery in 2019.[18] SR_A is a studio operating within the fields of luxury industrial design, interior installation, architecture, furniture design, sound design and sculptural/visual communication.[19]

In 2023, his work was included in the exhibition Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth at Chatsworth House.[20][21][22]

Awards and honours[edit]

Ross is the recipient of the 2018 British Fashion Award for Emerging Menswear Designer,[23] the 2019 Hublot Design Prize,[24] Forbes 30 under 30 Europe,[25] the 2020 GQ USA Fashion Award[26] and the 2020 People of the Year British Fashion Award for his philanthropic endeavours.[27] He received an honorary doctorate from The University of Westminster in 2021.[28] Ross is a recipient of a 2021 British Fashion Award, within the category 'Leaders of Change'.[29]


  1. ^ a b "Samuel Ross – Continuous study of fashion design, installation art, sculpture & living space". Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  2. ^ Dazed (2017-04-06). "Vote for Samuel Ross on the #Dazed100". Dazed. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  3. ^ "Architectural Association creates terracotta floor show for Samuel Ross' Nike capsule collection". Dezeen. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  4. ^ "Oakley Teams up with A-COLD-WALL*'s Samuel Ross for Brand New Collab". Highsnobiety. 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  5. ^ "Samuel Ross and Virgil Abloh on the power of mentorship". British GQ. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  6. ^ a b "Samuel Ross Searches for a New "Bleeding Edge and High Risk" Watchmaking Aesthetic". HYPEBEAST. 2022-06-01. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  7. ^ a b "Samuel Ross, Designer Of A-Cold-Wall*, Talks Streetwear And Breaking Down Social Barriers". British Vogue. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  8. ^ "Samuel Ross unveils his material instinct for Hublot". Esquire SG. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  9. ^ "Samuel Ross Makes Sense Of Streetwear In High Fashion". T Singapore. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  10. ^ "A-COLD-WALL | HYPEBEAST". Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  11. ^ "A Cold Wall grows up into a fashion house". Drapers. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  12. ^ "Samuel Ross is building his own world". British GQ. 2023-03-01. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  13. ^ Bertoli, Rosa (2023-03-07). "Kohler and Samuel Ross announce collaboration". Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  14. ^ "Acqua di Parma Gets the Samuel Ross Treatment". Highsnobiety. 2023-03-06. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  15. ^ "Six Culture-Defining Designers Take on Timberland's 6-Inch Boot". Highsnobiety. 2023-02-08. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  16. ^ Clark, Imogen. "Samuel Ross announced as new Hublot ambassador – The Glass Magazine". Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  17. ^ Jaleel, Gemma (2020-08-10). "Northampton fashion designer stars in latest Apple advert". northantslive. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  18. ^ "Samuel Ross Introduces New Design Venture Sr_A". HYPEBEAST. 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  19. ^ "Conversations: Samuel Ross of A-Cold-Wall*". Roden Gray. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  20. ^ "Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth". Retrieved 2023-03-13.
  21. ^ Bertoli, Rosa (2023-03-17). "Chatsworth House design exhibition explores contemporary design themes in an eclectic setting". Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  22. ^ Madlener, Adrian (2023-03-17). "How Can You Make an English Manor Filled With Old Masters Feel Contemporary? At Chatsworth House, the Answer Is Cutting-Edge Design". Artnet News. Retrieved 2023-03-19.
  23. ^ "Samuel Ross is part of the BoF 500". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  24. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (2019-09-27). "A-Cold-Wall's Samuel Ross lifts the 2019 Hublot Design Prize". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  25. ^ "Samuel Ross". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  26. ^ Ma, Fiona (2019-06-10). "A-Cold-Wall's Samuel Ross Wins the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund Award". WWD. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  27. ^ "British Fashion Council - The Fashion Awards 2020 Honourees Announced". Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  28. ^ "University of Westminster awards fashion designer Samuel Ross with Honorary Doctorate degree | University of Westminster, London". Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  29. ^ "All the Winners from Britain's The Fashion Awards". Vogue. 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-12-05.

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