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."

2. ADAM KIMMEL
Age: 29

Background: Kimmel is as entrenched in the Chelsea art scene as he is in New York fashion. Artist friends like Leo Fitzpatrick and Kon Trubkovich and actor friends like Dennis Hopper have modeled his clothes, which are often inspired by the way other art-world icons, from Willem de Kooning to Wallace Berman, dressed. While Kimmel's references may be esoteric, his pragmatic and utilitarian clothes—jumpsuits, workman pants, and slightly rumpled blazers—are anything but.

Approach: "I think there's been a return to clothes that have good value and are wearable. It's good to have fun as long as the clothes are kept in a masculine context."

Photo: Jennifer Livingston
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