John Varvatos was born in Detroit and attended Allen Park High School. At the age of 16, he got a job selling menswear at the Hughes & Hatcher and then he went to college at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. After graduating in 1980, he co-founded a menswear store, Fitzgerald's Men's Store, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Varvatos worked for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein where he was appointed head of menswear design. During his time there, he pioneered a type of men's undergarment called boxer briefs, a hybrid of boxer shorts and briefs. Made famous by a series of 1992 print ads featuring Mark Wahlberg, they have been called "one of the greatest apparel revolutions of the century. In late 1999, he started his company, debuting his first clothing line at the end of 2000 in New York. The brand now includes belts, handbags, footwear, eyewear, watches and fragrances. Varvatos had first received accolades from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2000 when he was honored with the Perry Ellis Award for Menswear. The following year he won the 2001 CFDA's Designer of the Year award and in 2005 he received the CFDA's 2005 Menswear Designer of the Year award at the New York Public Library. In 2007 he was named GQ's Designer of the Year!
I present you today some of his greatest summer creations:
SUEDE UTILITY JACKET
Fusing biker and military-inspired details, this sleek suede shirt jacket demonstrates an original, yet endlessly-wearable design. Cut to a sharp silhouette, a luxurious garment wash provides a supple hand and richly saturated, vintage-inspired appearance. A unique sense of utility is unveiled in details such as zipped and button-flap pockets, as well as a concealed nylon hood zipped into the standing collar. Shown here with Moto City Pants and ruggedly-refined boots.
SUEDE ASYMMETRIC MOTO
Brown suede and moto styling meet in this perfectly-defiant new jacket. While the signature silhouette conveys a rebel-biker stance, the burnished and washed suede construction perpetuates a modern sense of luxury. An asymmetrical zipped front closure ascends into a sleek banded collar with rivet and snap-button detailing - giving a relaxed look when styled to drape open, or offering a more streamlined appeal when fully fastened. Wear the desert-inspired hue with grays, reds and browns for an authentic, yet urban-cool look.
HAND-SPRAYED LEATHER JACKET
Opt for a touch of offhand elegance with this eye-catching leather jacket. Finely crafted to a slim fitting silhouette, it's detailed with a shapeable, wire-edged collar that can be molded and styled for a unique sense of personalization. A hand-spraying technique accentuates the leather's natural grain, revealing an impressive tonal-melange of cool, blue hues. This textured style pairs perfectly with a denim jean and patterned scarf.
CROCODILE EMBOSSED LEATHER
Refreshed and reworked each season, moto-inspired leather jackets are a John Varvatos signature. Distinguished by a crocodile embossed finish with a subtle metallic sheen, this striking jacket is further accentuated by a standing collar, self-trimming details and a dual-zip front closure. A unique garment wash lends the slim fitting silhouette superior softness and a great drape. For a tone-on-tone look, wear it with a crisp white crewneck and jeans.
SUEDE HOOK AND BAR JACKET
Emerging from the cross section of heritage and innovation, the Suede Hook & Bar Jacket presents a sleek silhouette. The hook and bar closure at center front serves as a raffish departure from more traditional elements, making this piece an effortless way to add some interest to your look.