In 1995, Raf Simons left the career he’d trained for — in industrial and furniture design — to become a menswear designer. With no formal instruction, the self-taught Simons gambled on an eponymous label that melded the rebellious energy of youth subcultures with the precision of classical tailoring. Simons’s particular blend of modern proportion, textural interplay, and innovative shapes was so successful that the Belgian designer’s menswear quickly rose to prominence as one of the most forward-looking lines in Europe. In 2005, Simons took over as head designer for Jil Sander, and a year later he launched the diffusion line Raf by Raf Simons. He recently stepped down from his position at Jil Sander, but with the addition of his Fred Perry collaboration (begun in 2008), Simons manages to keep busy working on three lines at once. An impressive fashion career for an industrial design student.
Great boots — be they chukkas, Chelseas, or something more substantial — are an essential part of a well-dressed guy’s wardrobe. Which is exactly why we’ve pull together this selection of our favorite styles. Stock up, and get ready for a stylish spring.
Sure, you can lose the tie when the weekend hits (though you don't have to), but that doesn’t mean it’s time to slip into your finest sweatsuit and pretend it’s proper clothing. Make sure your off-the-clock look is up to snuff with this collection of casual gear. It’s everything you need to keep that style kicking on Saturday and Sunday.
Rick Owens and Raf Simons are two names that need no introduction, but just in case: Both are famous — and famously critically acclaimed — for their forward thinking, sometimes brooding, exceptionally stylish take on menswear. Look out for meticulously crafted leather jackets, sharply cut trousers and shirts, and no short supply of great shoes and boots.
Understated style is the order of the day in this collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories. Everything is rendered in versatile, muted hues that let the pieces — richly textured, cleverly detailed, and fitted to perfection — speak for themselves. Whoever said neutral had to be boring?