International Men's Day 2021: 5 Influential Male Designers

19 Nov 2021

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November 19th marks International Men’s Day, a worldwide celebration that champions the positive value men bring into the world. In addition, the event raises awareness of mental health issues, challenges harmful stereotypes and promotes wellbeing and gender equality. We take a look at the men behind some of our favourite brands…

Christian Lacroix

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Christian Lacroix

A fashion impresario who is widely credited with single-handedly saving couture, Christian Lacroix launched his fashion house to ecstatic reviews in 1987. With Vogue labelling him as ‘Paris’ most talked about designer’, the eighties truly belonged to Lacroix, however, he originally intended to become a museum curator. Born in southern France, Christian Lacroix began sketching historical costumes and fashions from a young age, before studying at the University of Montpellier and the Sorbonne in Paris. Soon he discovered his true calling was fashion, not art history or archaeology, and after holding roles at various fashion houses, Lacroix established his own haute couture label.

Combining an extravagant use of detail, luxury fabrics and an air of insouciance, Christian Lacroix is famed for his colourful, high-concept designs inspired by folklore, fairy tales and French history. Over the last two decades, Lacroix has branched out into the world of interior design with completed works at several landmark hotels, including Hotel Le Petit Moulin, the Hotel Bellechasse and Le Notre Dame hotel.

Christopher Kane

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More Joy by Christopher Kane
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More Joy by Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane is a London-based Scottish fashion designer who founded his luxury eponymous label with his sister Tammy in 2006, following an award-winning Central Saint Martin’s MA show. Now more than ten years on, Kane produces unpredictable and provocative shows season after season at London Fashion Week.

Inspired by ‘The Joy of Sex’ a seminal text published in 1972, the siblings launched More Joy, a collection featuring three bold slogans ‘More Joy’, ‘Sex’, or ‘Special’ against a plain background. Including cushions, accessories and luxuriously silken pyjamas, More Joy by Christopher Kane let the words do all the talking.

Jonathan Adler

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Jonathan Adler
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Jonathan Adler

Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery. A passion he first discovered when he gave a pottery wheel a spin at summer camp when he was just twelve years old, Jonathan was later discouraged by his university professor who told him “You have no talent. Move to New York and become a lawyer.” After moving to the city to work in the entertainment business, Jonathan found himself unhappy and unfulfilled with this new career and with the pottery wheel still calling to him, Jonathan quit after three years to pursue his dream.

In 1993, Barneys bought a collection of his ceramic pots, which led to him opening his first store in New York’s Soho district five years later. Jonathan’s desire to design everything one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more and today the brand features furniture, rugs, ceramics and barware.

Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren Home

Fashion designer, philanthropist and founder of one of the USA’s proudest exports, Ralph Lauren is one of the most famous names in the world. Whilst fashion trends come and go, Ralph Lauren has remained true to his original concept: “we don’t only sell clothes, we’re selling a dream and a vision.”

With an innate sense of fashion from a young age, Ralph took on part-time jobs early on to fund his penchant for designer garments. After leaving his business course at City College in Manhattan before receiving his degree and serving time in the army, Ralph found himself unhappy with the design of men’s clothing at the time and began designing his own, despite his lack of formal training and had them custom made. Ralph was inspired by the look of the classic old English gentleman who “knew what he was wearing but acted like he didn’t care.” His empire was founded in 1967 after he opened his first tie store and introduced Ralph Lauren womenswear in 1972. Over four decades later, the Ralph Lauren brand has become an empire that includes luxury clothing, home furnishings and fragrances.

William Yeoward

William Yeoward interior
William Yeoward

Branded one of London’s leading creative forces, William Yeoward has built a reputation as a style maker, retailer and designer of beautiful objects for the home. Known for his sophisticated, elevated and highly individual style, William Yeoward embarked on a career in interior design and opened his first store on the Kings Road, Chelsea in 1985. Inspired by antique crystal pieces originally made in England during the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, the William Yeoward collection features barware, decorative pieces and furniture.

After a lengthy, courageous and very valiant battle against cancer, William Yeoward passed away on Tuesday 18th June 2019. The team at William Yeoward have been entrusted with his legacy and honour his memory by continuing the work he loved so much.