10 Menswear Labels That Should Be On Your Radar

10 Menswear Labels That Should Be On Your Radar

Suit up in the latest offerings from menswear's rising designers.

Suit up in the latest offerings from menswear's rising designers.

Text: Justin Ragolia

Though we consider our menswear lexicon to be particularly thorough, our eyes stay peeled for up-and-coming entrants looking to stand out in the ever-evolving men's fashion arena. Regardless of how many cult-favorite menswear makers you've got on your radar, for every Gosha, Balenciaga, and Vetements, there's bound to be dozens of equally-stellar labels on the rise.

That's why we've gone ahead and rounded up our top ten under-the-radar hitmakers slated to freshen things up in the New Year. While not all of these are exactly what you'd consider young fashion houses, we've chosen this crop for their forward-thinking design, disruptive fashion philosophies, use of high-quality materials, and lack of exhaustive coverage on fashion sites.

Aimé Leon Dore

What's unique about Teddy Santis's Queens-based label is how it approaches upscale casualwear with a fine art sensibility while keeping street culture close to heart. They've made their name with early collections of sturdy, textured knits paired with perfectly-cropped trousers and sneakers near and dear to the New York City sneakerhead, and they've since honed both their streetwear-centric and upscale Parisian pieces for an effortless, casual sportswear line.

Luar

Williamsburg native Raul Lopez launched his quasi-eponymous label Luar with a focus on honoring our sartorial past while transitioning into a new era of fashion: one dominated by ceaseless reinvention and iconoclasm. The label's SS18 show, which introduced a series of deconstructed pinstripe suits and other reworked business wear is a testament to Lopez's unwillingness to accept even the most time-honored silhouettes as they are.

Bode

Emily Adams Bode's namesake label is a shining contemporary representation of nostalgic romanticism. The self-proclaimed archivist has set herself apart from the flock with one inventive tactic: pulling patterned fabric from hand-sewn quilts, toweling, vinyl, and linens, some dating back to the early 1900's, making each piece truly unique and limited in quantity (obviously).

Harmony 

David Obadia of BWGH fame launched Harmony in 2014 with one goal in mind: to conceive and create a timeless, yet contemporary wardrobe, holding fabric traceability and quality as essential values. With Harmony's line of sleek, endlessly wearable coats, trousers, and French-inspired button-ups and knits, he's done just that.

Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner's line isn't just about aesthetics, it's about a movement: the designer is known for her exploration and articulation of the Black male identity in the 21st century through her collections and runway shows. This imbues her painstakingly-cut, refined garments with direction, purpose, and energy, rendering her collections more impactful and thought-provoking.

GmbH

Creative-direction duo Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Sherhat Isik's brand, titled after the  German, Austrian, and Swiss version of what we'd call an LLC here in the States, draws inspiration from the distinguished, yet chic wardrobes of the co-founder's own fathers. Their gear line's focused largely on timeless, wearable pieces with updated and imaginative fits to give their responsibly-sourced kits a high-fashion edge while keeping them accessible.

Linder

Sam Linder and Kirk Millar's label is one grown out of a kind of obsession with gratuitous functionality and opulent indulgence. We're talking modular tops and bottoms that can be unbuttoned or unzipped, then re-fastened to create entirely new silhouettes. Garish patchwork denim options sit below the hips because they're weighed down dramatically by thousands of rivets resembling sequins on a women's gown. Their latest offerings combine this fixation on function with inspiration from early 2000's music videos, making for a truly one-of-a-kind Spring collection.

Kiko Kostadinov

In just a mere four seasons, Mackintosh 0001's creative director Kiko Kostadinov has built a thoroughly impressive namesake label offering dystopian tailoring and sportswear ensembles. His inspiration? The dark reality that "evil has become entertainment" in our current social landscape. One look at his Spring 2018 collection, with its sterile, labcoat-like outerwear, oddly, but precisely-cut suiting, and single pantyhose wrapped hazardously around the head of each model creates an inherent feeling of unease, yet reluctant attraction, like one just happened upon a retrofuturistic Bulgarian cannibal cult with undeniable swagger.

Matthew Adams Dolan

Though most who're familiar with Dolan associate him with his pioneering denim kits (thanks to Rihanna's obsession with 'em), the young Aussie-American designer is about much more than sewing up a good warp and weft. This season, he's combined the calm sensuality of Bruce Weber's most iconic imagery with a kind of menacing Patrick Bateman-esque tailoring perfection, eclectic as it is. This makes for a gender-fluid line of pristine suiting options, denim-on-denim looks, and chunky knits strewn together for a surprisingly cohesive getup.

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