Creativity and Inspiration reside on the horizon of each soul. Very few however, extend and fully grasp it. The founding minds behind Bad Bunch NYC live, love and linger on that horizon. Whether it be the chic of runway pieces, the edge of street wear or the dynamic colors of a SoHo gallery, inspiration is around us.
Founded by: ABDUL ABASI and GREG ROSBOROUGH
Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough are American designers of Nigerian and Scottish origin, based in New York City. They met whilst studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After designing for Engineered Garments and Ralph Lauren, the designers combined their military and athletic backgrounds to develop their first collection for Autumn Winter 2013.
From its origins in New York in 2002, rag & bone instantaneously distinguished itself by combining British heritage with directional, modern design. Today, the brand has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic.
Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, rag & bone prides itself in the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. The importance of quality, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail resonated deeply, informing the brand’s core philosophy.
With a downtown sensibility, signature clean silhouettes and an inherent integrity, rag & bone continuously redefines urban style.
Wacko Maria was founded by Nobuhiro Mori and Keiji Ishizuka, two J-league professional footballers. Starting out as the Rock Steady bar in Tokyo, the venture eventually evolved into Wacko Maria, a Japanese menswear brand inspired by Latin American style and rockabilly subcultures.
Known for their ornate shirting and outerwear with elaborate embroidered details, and combining traditional artwork such as religious iconography and classic Americana with oversized slogans, the brand has carved out a niche for larger-than-life clothing with an addictively absurd twist.
I know, I know, KENZO is not exactly indie. But I had to include what is honestly my favorite Japanese men’s clothing brand on this list, to keep it honest. The brand was founded in Paris in 1970 by Kenzo Takada, who moved there several years previously to begin his career. Since its inception, the brand has been known for its bright, bold and unabashed collections, blending Japanese style and cultural iconography with a distinctly European fashion tradition.
It’s difficult to look at KENZO and not see the references to both Japanese tradition and contemporary culture; part ceremonial gown, part Harajuku neon-lights. In 1993, the label was acquired by LVMH, and in 2011 Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony were made the brand’s creative directors and head designers.