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 fashionand gaining fans faster than you can say "Hedi Slimane."
Four American Designers Who Will Change Men's Fashion
1. PATRIK ERVELL
Aesthetic: "Some people may look at my clothes and not think of them as luxury products because they're not based on classic tropes. If you examine one of my jackets and see the craftsmanshipthe piping and lining and constructioninvolved, you'll see it's many, many times as labor-intensive as what goes into what most people deem luxury."
Looking Forward: "Modernity has always been about science and technology and letting go of the past, distancing yourself from tradition, and that's my goal in design."