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Interest in menswear is explosive with no signs of slowing down. Brands want to tap the style-minded guy, like yourself, to become loyal brand ambassadors. New York has long been the kick off for fashion week for the entire world, but has yet to make a dedicated week just for just us guys. Well, New York based Agentry PR has partnered up with Cadillac to establish New York Men’s Day. The initiative helps nurture emerging talent while consolidating contemporary menswear collections during New York Fashion Week. Scroll through the gallery and see how the 12 chosen designers interpreted their style onto the Cadillac CTS. Three winners will be determined by Cadillac and unveiled at New York Men’s Day on February 11th.
CADAT is a Bushwick, Brooklyn based company established in 2011 by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt. With complete control over design and manufacturing from Brooklyn, CADAT’s “Made in the USA’ mission provides both high quality clothing and eco-friendly practices. As the name may suggest, CADAT is inspired by the 1950s and 1960s post-war military academy era consisting of shirts, pants, outerwear, knits and swimwear.
Born in Honduras, Carlos Campos grew up in a design household by his father, a master tailor. He hoofed it to New York City at 13 (yes, 13) to pursue the American Dream. He won Best Menswear Collection at Mexico City Fashion Week in 2007, was named The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star for Menswear in 2009 and was the first Latino-American Menswear designer to be nominated top 10 finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011. Since then, loyal fans of his, such as Carmelo Anthony, Victor Cruz, John Legend and Ethan Hawke, to name a few, have eagerly worn his designs.
Chapter prides itself on being modern, simple and functional. Frank Delgadillo founded the brand and works closely with Creative Director Devin Carlson. The idea is to break down the individual’s personal progression into chapters that evolve in aesthetic, voice, and personality.It brings a more sophisticated approach to men’s style. The collection includes elevated basics such as the classic t-shirt, trouser, sweater and jacket.
American-born David Hart began designing clothing at a very young age. When only 17 he won the Fashion Group International Scholarship Award and moved to New York City and studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His concentration in evening wear and tailoring lead him to Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger which allowed him to refine his menswear talent. In 2013 he debuted his own first full menswear collection. He has full potential to take the menswear world by storm as his brand continues to expand.
A New York City-based menswear brand known for American made accessories and men’s tailored clothing, Founder and designer Ernest Sabine received early praise after being named GQ’s 2013 “Best New Menswear Designer in America”. That’s a lot of hype to live up to, and so far, he is. The bran was conceived when Ernest was working in the creative dept. of a luxury branding agency. He was on the hun for the perfect men’d bag and after many failed attempts, he decided he would just do it himself. The rest has unfolded into the evolving brand we know today consisting of not only bags, but casual and tailored clothing as well.
Who would have thought Tokyo native Ryu Hayama would put his interest in building planes and his Mechanical Engineering education to use in the world of menswear. He studied menswear design at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and after getting some quality pattern making and design experience at Ralph Lauren, he left to start his label, Fingers Crossed. Just think about how precise his designs must be if he is used to the precision of constructing aircraft.
GARCIAVELEZ is a menswear brand based in New York City, launched in 2014 by architect, Carlos Garciavelez. GARCIAVELEZ was created to deliver comfortably tailored clothing for the fast paced modern life. Conceived for todays cultural nomad - a sophisticated, curious man in constant search of inspiration through life’s travels - the brand examines the global citizen, who returns home to infuse his wanderlust spirit into his daily life in the city.
After spending 5 years as Calvin Klein Men’s Public Relations and Celebrity Director and then jumping to Gilt Groupe to handle Men’s Public Relations as Director, Josh Reed, Founder and CEO of Gents knows a thing or two about how guys think, and what they like. He spent over 12 years in the fashion industry carefully observing all aspects of what it takes to build and sustain brands. He applied those skills to Gents, and is proving a successful model. Gents officially launched in November 2012 and has quickly expended to satisfy the consumer demand. Gents is a luxury yet attainable lifestyle brand located in the nations top boutiques.
The Scandinavian fashion house J. Lindeberg was founded in Stockholm 1996 with thew vision to build an international brand for a modern active lifestyle. The collections consist of menswear and womenswear offering fashion, tailoring, golf and skiwear. The fashion collections are presented at the international fashion weeks in e.g. New York, Beijing, London and Stockholm - the sportswear collections are worn by some of the world best athletes.
Hickey Freeman Sportswear
Probably one of the most recognizable name on this list, Hickey Freeman was founded in 1900 by Jeremiah G. Hickey and Jacob L. Freeman and has stood for excellence in men’s tailoring for it’s 115 years. Currently Hickey Freeman produces their tailored clothing collection in it’s vertically owned Rochester, New York, manufacturing facility. Keeping it locale, the Hickey Freeman Sportswear collection will be designed by New York designer David Hart. Using the finest European mill fabrics, the collection will still be produced in America. This will be the only collection among our list to actually debut at New York Men’s Day.
Who says you have to use the major you graduated with? Buenos Aires native Lucio Castro received degrees in both Medicine and Film Writing and Direction from the University of Buenos Aires. After graduating, he moved to New York City to study Fashion Design at Parson School of Design, where he was nominated for “Designer of the Year’ for his thesis collection. He has worked for Marc Jacobs, DKNY Jeans, and Armani Exchange where he spent the last six years as a Menswear Director. His eponymous menswear label launched in Spring 2011 in New York City.
Timo Weiland’s first collection, consisting of both women’s and men’s debuted in Spring 2010. The collection was a nod to a modern yet dandy downtown aesthetic. Based in, and inspired by New York City, Timo works with established luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s and Moda Operandi.