Sacai

11 Menswear Designers You Should Know

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Part of our job here at Barneys is to make sure we’re on top of who’s new and noteworthy in the fashion world. Our buyers are constantly running to showrooms and presentations with the hopes of uncovering up-and-coming brands—or rediscovering old ones—that will bring a unique point of view to the floor. Only when we find the true gems do we share them with you.

As you think about investing in a few spring staples, allow us to introduce you to a few of those aforementioned gems.

Barena Venezia
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Inspired by traditional pieces found in flea markets, museums and antique books, Barena Venezia‘s garments are unique for their nod to the history of Venice. The wool and linen fabrics are cozy yet sturdy and made for everyday wear.

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Public School

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Though new to the scene, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are certainly not lacking in attention. Their label Public School began as a unique interpretation of polished streetwear and has expanded elegantly. Rest assured, however, no quality has been sacrificed along the way. Thoughtful styling keeps this collection perpetually on point.

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Thinple

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A portmanteau of Think Simple, Thinple has understated elegance at its core. The label was created by Roberto Monti of Piazza Sempione, so trust that you’re in good hands.

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Marcelo Burlon

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A truly modern man, Marcelo Burlon is a DJ, filmmaker, editor and artist, and now he can add designer to his CV.  He’s collaborated with the best of the best—Riccardo Tisci, Jil Sander, Martin Margiela—and it appears as if his creative genius knows no bounds.

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Juun J

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At first glance, Juun J‘s clothes can be described as a little out there. The Korean designer is all about exaggerated silhouettes constructed with what he deems ‘street tailoring.’ This collection may not be for the sartorially timid, but our customers have never been ones to shy away from a little edge.

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Unity Handmade

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At Unity Handmade, fabric comes first. The reverence designer Greg Gassa holds for exquisite lambswool, cashmere, denim and the like is on display in the hand-crafted jackets he’s become known for. The label’s ethos of quality craftsmanship is rooted in a time when garments were made to last not as a luxury, but out of necessity. So count on keeping these pieces for a lifetime, if not more.

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Penrose London
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Penrose London creates timeless accessories for the dandy in all of us. Any one of their vibrant-hued pocket squares or ties is sure to be the talk of the dinner party.

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ICR – The Innercity raiders

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Designer Jenn Dixon started  ICR, a motorhead-inspired Americana line, more than ten years ago in Bushwick (before it was hipster-fied) and grew the brand into a global business. Rebel celebs like Jared Leto have been spotted around town rocking ICR’s tough-guy pieces. In case you need any more convincing, Jenn designed the wardrobe for David Bowie’s A Reality Tour.

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BRAVUR WATCHES

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The three-year-old Swedish company Bravur Watches has quickly come to represent urban sophistication. Each timepiece is made with sound Swiss engineering, though their sleek shapes evoke the distinct spirit of Scandinavian design.

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FIORONI

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Though the Fioroni family has been in business since 1978, they relaunched their namesake company with a focus on cashmere only in 2008. With a commitment to sustainable sourcing and traditional techniques, this Italian-made collection has become a gold standard for quality knitwear.

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SACAI

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After spending eight years working on the Junya Wantanabe collection at Comme des Garçons, Japanese deisgner Chitose Abe decided it was time to branch out on her own. Drawing inspiration from the life around her, Chitose created Sacai where she elevates everyday pieces with funky prints and textures—so expect the unexpected.

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