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Derek Lam

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Derek Lam
Born and raised in San Francisco, Derek Lam is known for his approach to laid-back American luxury. The designer studied at New York’s prestigious Parsons New School for Design, where he befriended Jenna Lyons, later J Crew’s Creative director, and fully absorbed the creative atmosphere of mid-eighties Manhattan, an influence that can still be lightly seen in his collections.

Lam officially began his career at Michael Kors where he became Kors’ right hand man and an important player in the American sportswear tradition before launching his eponymous label. While the clean-cut New England theme can also be noticed on his runways today, the designer also developed an unmistakable and sophisticated femininity of his very own, launching his signature line out of his West Village apartment in 2002. “Fashion,” Lam once told Vogue “should make a sensual, emotional impact.”

Master of the polished yet not overdressed, Lam blends minimal, precise silhouettes with softer and feminine touches, always achieving a luxury that is cool and modern ‒ never too formal, but balanced and steady. His slim-fitting dresses, high-waisted pants, and tailored trenches are instant game changers.

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