Athletic is not a term often associated with luxury menswear, but Belgian designer Tim Coppens is determined to prove otherwise. Since launching his eponymous line in New York in 2011—and collecting a few coveted accolades along the way, including a nomination for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund this year—it's apparent that the sleek, streamlined silhouettes turned out by the master technician are resonating with retailers and editors alike.
"It starts with materials," says Coppens of his design process. "I go to Italian wool mills for classics and fabric shows for the newest things, like nylon with reflective yarn." The juxtaposition of contrasting fabrics and materials, combined with original takes on sporty staples like bomber jackets and sweatshirts has become Coppens' trademark.
Click enlarge to view the slideshow of our studio tour and interview with Coppens.