With the Spring/Summer season well underway and new looks for Fall and Winter already starting to roll in, we’ve compiled a list of 5 up-and-coming men’s fashion designers and menswear brands to watch this year.
Ernest W. Baker
Ernest W. Baker’s spring summer collection for 2021 is revitalizing classic 70s business casual through a modern lens. Founded by Reid Baker and Ines Amorim in 2016, the Portuguese brand blends the American and European sensibilities of its two creators. Retro earth tones and simple plaid checked patterns dominate the collection, with muted greens and cozy red knitwear add pops of color to the vintage pastiche.
S.S. DALEY is an up and coming designer from England who’s been repurposing and reenvisioning classic British retro looks, from upcycled schoolboy uniforms, to exaggerated versions of traditional English leisurewear. Bright florals and prep school pieces match with unconventionally fitting oxford bags and elongated dress shirts. Daley also toys with conventions of masculinity and elitism in British culture and dress, and produces with donated and recycled materials to keep an ecological mind.
Kiko Kostadinov32-year old Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov currently helms the design of his own label as well as British luxury line Mackintosh 0001. Focusing on the contemporary, Kostadinov’s work involves lots of hard contrasting lines, asymmetrical tailoring and unstructured silhouettes. For Mackintosh 0001, Kostadinov referenced the Arte Povera art movement from the 1960s, taking an industrial approach focusing on the materials of the garments and their physical construction.
Craig Green Since founding his label in 2012, Craig Green has focused on the functionality in the design of his clothes. Each collection is based on a single piece of clothing, such as the Worker Jacket, around which Green constructs the rest of the garments in the collection. Green’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection features stark monochrome outfits with a uniform, utilitarian slant.
Dima LeuDima Leu offers a sophisticated reinterpretation of sportswear. The bright colors and exciting shapes that characterize the pieces bring a playfulness to streetwear and sportswear staples. Multi-colored 3d ribbons blaze textured stripes along the surface of otherwise plain white garments in the Spring Summer Collection, while light and unstructured basics in olive, navy or hot pink round out the selection.