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."

4. ALEJANDRO INGELMO
Age: 34

Background: His great-grandfather was a cobbler in Spain. His grandfather owned an upscale shoe manufacturer in pre-Castro Cuba. Born and raised in Miami, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award nominee may not make wing tips, but his metallic kicks are becoming a tradition in their own right.

Approach: "When I can't think, can't design, I walk around the city. I see the people walking and I see all this movement and the traffic and I'm very influenced by it. What I do is very much about my surroundings and the future. A lot of the shoes are based on classical silhouettes. I then add details or different materials that make them new."

Photo: Jennifer Livingston
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