Designers: Berlin-based Serhat Isik and Benjamin Alexander Huseby named their brand after the German acronym for a limited liability company and are dedicated to sustainability, using dead-stock materials in their collections.
What they say: “GmbH began as a project for making clothes for specific purposes in our lives, but also for agency and change through the means of fashion. Representing our world—through images, narratives, and beauty on topics of diversity and ecology, we hopes to create real change in the world.”
What we say: We appreciate that the label’s thought-provoking conversations around sustainability and identity give the collections a larger context than just fashion for fashion’s sake.
Designer: British designer Martine Rose teamed up with Italian label Napapijri to apply her ‘90s-inspired streetwear aesthetic to its classic archival styles.
What they say: “The most inspirational part was featuring the heritage pieces and working with the original fabrics. It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to incorporate, modify, and update iconic pieces.”
What we say: Rose brings wit and intelligence to everything she does, which is why she’s a pioneering force in men’s fashion right now. For this collaboration, we love how she brings her signature proportion play and bold palette to the outdoor apparel line.
Designer: Guatemala-born, L.A.-based Guillermo Andrade began as a retailer before launching his politically conscious label in 2015.
What they say: “424 is a product of California streetwear and hip-hop culture with a focus on creative installations of fashion, art, and social commentary. Reimagined Americana workwear staples with a luxury touch and feel produced between Italy and Los Angeles.”
What we say: You can really feel the emotional connection Andrade has to the pieces he designs, as well as his focus on community collaboration. It makes for designs that never feel contrived.
Designer: Sander Lak, the New York–based Dutch designer who launched Sies Marjan in 2016, recently translated his Technicolor, spirited vision to the line’s first menswear collection.
What they say: “I think a lot about my own wardrobe when designing the menswear collection. I love the idea of making what I would spend money on and can’t find out there. I try to approach the womenswear collection like that, too. Many of the pieces are fluid and could be worn by either gender.”
What we say: Quite simply put, Sies Marjan clothes make us feel good. They’re pleasing to look at and pleasing to wear in equal measure. Understated clothing has never been so vibrant.
Designers: Ryohei Kawanishi is a trained artist who teamed with the brand’s CEO, Daniel Huang, to launch LANDLORD New York out of a U.S. military clothing factory in Brooklyn.
What they say: “LANDLORD is a New York–based streetwear label designed by a Japanese fashion nerd and produced in a U.S. military factory in Brooklyn. It’s inspired by subcultural style and the classic utilitarian designs of army surplus garments.”
What we say: This is definitely a brand that represents the new landscape of under-the-radar New York fashion. The way Kawanishi twists the military aspect into modern, sporty designs transcends genres.
Designers: Creative Director Carlo Rivetti recently joined Stone Island’s team and has been honing in the brand’s street-meets-utility designs.
What they say: “Our strength lies in our unique capacity to work on the finished garment via continuous experimentation with dyes and treatments created in our color laboratory. We’ve developed over 60,000 different dye recipes over the years.”
What we say: We love the technical precision that Stone Island brings to the urban scene. It’s truly utility, while its dyes and colorways make it fashion-forward.
Designer: German-born, New York–based Siki Im studied architecture before becoming a designer, which influenced his precise silhouettes and focus on technical construction.
What they say: “Siki Im is for the poetic jock and the dynamic nerd. It’s a modern, high-performance sportswear line designed with tech fabrics, ergonomic constructions, and intelligent details for motion. Fueled by empathy and appreciation for individuality, performance meets technology without sacrificing character.”
What we say: Siki Im has a way of approaching design in a cerebral way, while still being grounded in practical, performance use.
Designers: Warren Lotas began hand painting on his vintage T-shirts and hoodies from his college dorm room and brought that one-of-a-kind touch when he officially launched his namesake label.
What they say: “The Warren Lotas brand intends to be brutally honest with every single piece they release and every move they make.”
Designer: Yutaka Goto chose the name Remi Relief from mixing the words remix and relief. His philosophy is that good things happen when creativity and modification are added to a process and excessive items are removed and omitted.
What they say: “We pursue ultimate American basics by eliminating waste and paying careful attention to threads, yarns, knitting, print pigments, and processes, under the policy of prioritizing quality over quantity.”
What we say: Japan-based Goto may pursue American basics, but his subverted, ironic take on graphic elements and vintage inspiration makes his pieces entirely unexpected.
Designer: Milan-based Giorgio Di Salvo is an art director who is moving away from his role as graphic designer for Off-White to explore his own label.
What they say: “The name was chosen to mean united standard as expression of a contemporary collective cultural consciousness, and of union-of-standards—the combination of several distinct signs and elements.”
What we say: Di Salvo juxtaposes a wide range of influences, from NASCAR to old movie posters. For example, the above shirt features a Muay Thai match designed in a QR code.