The biggest fashion designers today tend to be the same names from yesteryear. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Valentino. They’ve managed to stay on their perch for both men’s and womenswear respectively. But don’t let that fool you. There are plenty of new menswear designers on the up. And if you’re willing to give them a shot, you can be the next trendsetter.
Never to be caught with our pants down, we at A Man REFINED do believe in championing the next generation. So with that in mind, here are some of the menswear designers blazing a trail for future sartorial brilliance.
Starting at home (for me at least), South African based designer Rich Mnisi is making waves with his eponymous fashion label. A 2014 winner of the Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year award, Mnisi is known for combining contemporary style with elements of his heritage.
Androgyny is par for the course. If you’re interested in his more outré fashion, be ready to show your shoulders and stomach with crop tops and low cut shirts.
Take a look at his collections here.
Niyi Okuboyejo (Post-Imperial)
Although of Nigerian descent, Niyi Okuboyejo’s brand Post-Imperial is based in the U.S. He designs “bright and optimistic” clothing, without going too far off the beaten path. You won’t find unrecognizable concepts, but he’s given the familiar a brand new look.
His Lagos shirts look nothing like what’s already in your (or any of your friends’) closets.
Inspired by antique garments, Singaporean designer Ziggy Chen creates beautifully anachronistic clothing with a modern influence. Whether you’re wearing a high cut vest or a simple pair of skinny jeans, Ziggy Chen’s collection will ensure you stand out as a trendsetter. It’s clothing for the brave, but well worth the risk.
Ziggy Chen’s range is priced on the high side – don’t expect to buy an entire Ziggy Chen wardrobe, unless you’re lucky enough to have loads of cash to spare.
See his collection here.
Samuel Ross (A-COLD-WALL*)
For those who enjoy the darker side of fashion, Samuel Ross’s brand A-COLD-WALL* presents ideas of class through sartorial ingenuity. Intended as a “continuous representation between clashing worlds separated by class & environment”, A-COLD-WALL* combines culture to create something unique and wonderful. Mood pieces, artwork worn on the body rather than hung on a wall.
Take a look at his collection here.
Alexis Temomanin (Dent de Man)
Alexis Temomanin is an Ivorian-British designer, the genius behind Dent de Man (tooth of man, named after a mountain near the Cote d’Ivoire city of Man). If you love a good pattern, Dent de Man is the brand for you. His inspiration comes from the trauma of being abandoned by his mother at the age of five. She was wearing a vivid pattern, which he has recreated in a suit of his own.
If you’re into simple designs, Dent de Man is not for you. Although you could, technically, find suits with a cut that almost seems familiar, you probably won’t see through the patterns that ruthlessly assault your eyes (in a good way!).
See his Spring/Summer 2016 collection here.
Shane Fonner (Palmiers du Mal)
New York based designer, Shane Fonner, is the creative director of Palmiers du Mal. In terms of cut and fit, his designs are perhaps more conventional than some of the others on this list. But don’t let that lull you into complacency. His imaginative reworkings of the once-familiar allow almost anyone the opportunity for self-expression beyond just an accessory or two.
Have a look at his collections here.
The obsession grew taking him to many well-known brands including Ralph Lauren, a love affair with men’s tailoring and the style of a dapper gentleman was born.
Having tasted the good life with Americas most preppy fashion label, Samuel Younge decided to redefine his style and way of life to all things sartorial. Today at the ripe old age of 34 he lives in Dubai, dividing his time between work and fatherhood and his lifelong passion to become “A Man Refined”.