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
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.
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.