Iconic Menswear Designers Every Male Model Needs to Know

You probably already know that a successful male model is more than just a handsome face. They’re photogenic of course, but also professional, talented, creative, and incredibly persistent. And to top it all off, they’re also somewhat of a fashion connoisseur.

If you’re looking to make it as a model, you need to brush up on the top fashion designers and their signature styles and major milestones. After all, their work has shaped the industry (and your job!) in so many wonderful ways. The more you know about these iconic designers, they more you’ll understand the modeling industry, the more modeling agencies and clients will respect you, and the more successful you’ll be.

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Ralph Lauren

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Founder: Ralph Lauren

Country: United States
Year founded: 1967

Ralph Lauren’s name is synonymous with all-American style. What started as a simple necktie business in 1967 has become a multi-billion dollar fashion empire that is renowned for its chic and preppy designs. Ralph Lauren is best known for its polo shirt (it’s instantly recognizable), but its lines also include other notable styles, from luxurious tailored suits to tech-infused smart shirts for athletes. As Marie Claire put it, “Lauren can re-imagine any genre of dress while preserving his star-spangled aesthetic.” More

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Armani

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Founder: Giorgio Armani

Country: Italy
Year founded: 1975

It was Armani who reinvented the most classic men’s garment: the suit. Unlike most menswear of the 1970s, Armani suits were refreshingly relaxed and unstructured. The company did away with the padding, lining, and stiffeners, creating distinctive “Armani look” that heralded a new era in tailored men’s clothing.  More

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Calvin Klein

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Founder: Calvin Klein

Country: United States
Year founded: 1968

Calvin Klein is known for its sleek, clean sophisticated and minimalistic apparel, and of course its sexy advertising campaigns (who can forget the Mark Wahlberg years?). And even though Calvin Klein himself sold the business after a 40-year run, the brand is still Calvin to the core.  More

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Gucci

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Gucci

Founder: Guccio Gucci   

Country: Italy
Year founded: 1921

Gucci began as a humble fashion and leather goods brand in Florence, Italy. The company soon expanded to include stores in Milan and Rome, and by the 1960s it was one of the world’s premier luxury brands. The company experienced some setbacks in the late 1970s but came back to life in 1990 when American designer Tom Ford joined the team. Now, Gucci is most well known for its iconic loafer, and of course its impeccably tailored suits. More

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Burberry

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Burberry Prorsum

Founder: Thomas Burberry

Country: United Kingdom
Year founded: 1856

Burberry is more than just camel trench coats. They’ve outfitted some of the most notable men in history, including Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill and Edmund Hillary. So it’s no wonder why this distinctly British brand is a go-to menswear destination for everything from jackets, t-shirts, and trousers to scarves, shoes, and bags (and yes, the classic trench coat). More

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Hugo Boss

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Founder: Hugo Boss

Country: Germany
Year founded: 1924

Hugo Boss didn’t start making men’s suits until the 1950s, but it wasn’t long before they entered the high-end men’s fashion market. And thanks to a few celebrity endorsements in the 1970s, namely action star Sylvester Stallone, their luxury suits became a highly sought after item, and the brand was able to branch out to include cologne, shoes, accessories and even casual wear.  More

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Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers Menswear
Brooks Brothers

Founder: Henry Sands Brooks

Country: United States
Year founded: 1818

As the oldest men's clothier chain in the United States, Brooks Brothers has made a lasting impression on menswear as we know it. They not only introduced ready-to-wear suiting to America, but also introduced other lasting innovations such as summer suits, button-down shirts, pink shirts, shetland sweaters, argyle socks, madras, and the polo coat, just to name a few. More