Four Pins has named Michael Bastian as one of the “25 best brands and designers of the #menswear era” — an honor well deserved!
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Michael Bastian is by far one of New York’s biggest designers to emerge during the #menswear era. His recent collaboration of polos with mega-Japanese retailer Uniqlo serves as a testament to his rise.
After serving as the Men’s Fashion Director of Bergorf Goodman, he launched his eponymous collection in 2006 and instantly drew rave reviews for his modern and inexplicably fresh take on prep staples such as rugby shirts, corduroy pants and polos. To date, his F/W 09 “On The Road” offering has been the definitive point in the brand’s young history, mixing Bastian’s signature blend of forward-thinking designs with expert tailoring. Shortly after, he partnered with legendary American (now Swedish) label GANT on a capsule collection that has existed under the name “GANT by Michael Bastian” since Fall 2010.
While he took a short break due to manufacturing complications in 2011, ending his partnership with Brunello Cucinelli, GANT and Uniqlo’s faith in Bastian is indicative of the larger industry’s acknowledgment that he is one of the few American designers working today who has the power to define the new American classics that are currently dominating menswear.