Sierra Leonean-born Abdul Koroma and UK-born Andrew Jones set up fashion label Modernist in 2005. The pair met whilst consulting in Italy for Max Mara, although both had studied at London's Kingston School of Fashion. They debuted their collection as finalists in the 2005 Fashion Fringe competition during London Fashion Week and debuted on schedule at London Fashion Week for S/S 08 with New Gen sponsorship.
In 2009, the pair were recruited to create a capsule collection for UK womenswear brand Ghost. Modernist closed in 2010.