The New Male

A new wave of menswear designers has broken ranks with the uniformed establishment by maintaining their independence and injecting the male wardrob with a little bit of individuality

Robert Geller

Robert Geller's greatest achievement in fashion occurred on the edge of disaster.

Tim Coppens

Tim Coppens learned about fashion on his skate board. That wasn’t his only education—like Haider Ackermann and Kris Van Assche before him, the 37-year-old Belgian designer attended Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1998— but it was after school, living and skateboarding in Barcelona, Berlin, and New York, that his distinctive, functional, sport sensibility for menswear came into focus.

Antonio Azzuolo

When Antonio Azzuolo arrives at the Bowery Hotel for our meeting, he is more than a little cranky. The New York factory where he makes his tailored menswear is changing hands, and the new management doesn’t seem to care as much about precision.

Umit Benan

“The clothes come last,” says 32-year-old designer Umit Benan.“It’s always like a movie scene: finding the characters, finding the stories, and then, after that, trying to dress the characters. It’s not about fashion; it’s more about the story.”



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