Determined to define new wardrobe staples for the twenty-first-century man, L.A.-based painter-turned-designer, Greg Lauren, launched his eponymous label in 2011. Drawing inspiration from classic collegiate-wear, the nephew of esteemed American fashion designer Ralph Lauren emphasizes deconstruction and distressing techniques to transform iconic silhouettes into daringly new ready-to-wear pieces. Embracing a casual grunge-prep aesthetic, Lauren’s pieces exude a particular DIY-vibe with vintage military fabrics and repurposed denim featuring prominently throughout the collection. Lauren’s ability to fuse and transform seemingly discordant materials into playful new pieces allows the designer to challenge established conventions by exploring the principles of design from exciting new perspectives. Patchwork flannels, panelled jackets, paint-splattered jeans, and graphic t-shirts feature oversized pockets, embroidered crests, textured detailing, and asymmetric constructions. Lauren elevates the laid-back appeal of his label by paying meticulous attention to tailoring and detailing. Sourcing high-quality textiles and constructing the majority of garments by hand in L.A, Lauren’s label speaks to a generation of individuals who embrace the need for rebellious self-expression.
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