The Direction of Men’s Fashion(old)

By Touré Coates

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I love the direction that Men’s fashion is currently going: well crafted, and professionally thought out pieces being constructed. So many names come to mind when I think about fashion forward thinking, but I wanted to highlight some black fashion designers that deserve attention.

At the top of the list is Virgil Abloh, the architect turned designer. Juxtaposing elements at any given moment from streetwear to suits, his clothes are contemporary works of art. His recent collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton has opened the door for black designers. Mercedes Benz is his next collaboration we can look forward to.

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Louis Vutton by Virgil Abloh & NIGO



Pyer Moss hit my radar at the top of the year. His spring 2016 menswear collection during New York Fashion Week highlighted police brutality, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement by implementing the use of video and street art with fashion.

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Reebok collaboration with Pyer Moss


Former protégé of Virgil Abloh, Samuel Ross, founder of fashion house, A-Cold-Wall is creating amazing things. Since his start in 2015 the Brixton, London native he has been awarded the LVMH Prize, ANDAM Award, and the British Fashion Award.

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Samuel Ross - A-Cold-Wall*


Grace Wales Bonner is a British fashion designer whose work addresses the politics of identity, sexuality, and race. Through her projects she delicately balances multinationalism with a sense of personal subjectivity. In 2014, she founded the London based label, Wales Bonner, originally specializing in menswear. She is also the recipient of several awards, and was voted number 41 on the Dazed 100 list in 2017.

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Wales Bonner



Italian for “no sex/no gender,” No Sesso is the Los Angeles fashion house founded by Pierre Davis & Arin Hayes in 2015. Together they’ve created a line that challenges the conventions of fashion, art, culture, and design. A community powered brand that focuses on empowering people of all colors, shapes, and identities. No Sesso has stolen the spotlight with collections that feature a wide range of prints, fabrics, reconstructive materials, and most notably, signature hand embroidery.

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No Sesso