Four American Designers Who Will Change Men's Fashion

There was a time when American designers were known only as purveyors of polo shirts, khakis, navy blazers, and other solid staples. The French, the Belgians, and the Italians were the innovators and style mavens. Not anymore. Patrik Ervell, Alejandro Ingelmo, Robert Geller, and Adam Kimmel are stirring up menswear with collections as unexpected as they are compelling. You may not know their names yet, but these four New York-based designers are at the vanguard of American fashion—and gaining fans faster than you can say "Hedi Slimane."

Age: 30

Background: As a UC Berkeley grad with a degree in poli-sci, Ervell is an unlikely fashion convert. However, the academic in him has made for a strong, focused designer. His clothes, whether a sturdy navy-and-white-striped canvas anorak or a no-nonsense graphic sweater, are pared down and pretense-free. In just three years, Ervell has developed a well-defined sensibility that moves beyond minimalism and elevates American sportswear with luxurious touches.

Approach: "My philosophy has never been about doing a major seasonal shift—it's about gradually developing the collection."

Photo: Jennifer Livingston
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