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Yaku Stapleton

10 off-schedule menswear designers to stick on your radar

From João Machado to Ed Mendoza, keep your eye on these rising creatives in 2023

It’s that time again. Today, fashion industry insiders from across the world have descended on Florence, as the Italian city hosts the 2023 outing of Pitti Uomo and kickstarts the AW23 menswear shows. 

Coming up across the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll see KidSuper designer Colm Dillane take over at Louis Vuitton, find out what Gucci looks like without the guidance of Alessandro Michele, and take in what designers like Bianca Saunders, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, and JordanLuca have been working away on for the past six months. 

But while fashion week is now fully back post-pandemic, and there’s no denying the power and beauty that can be conjured on an IRL runway, global lockdowns showed us that there are many ways – beyond a traditional show – to present your work as a designer. In some ways, it evened the playing field for the young designers for whom showing at fashion week is still a pipedream – and that’s if they even want to show in Paris, Milan, or London at all.

Some of the wildest talent around right now might not be part of the official fashion season schedule, but deserves just as much attention as the Pradas and Versaces of the world. As the shows kick off, we’ve compiled a list of ten menswear designers to keep your eye on in 2023. From graduate designers like Ed Mendoza, Charlie Constantinou, and Pip Paz-Howlett to Mexican creative Patricio Campillo Taracena’s label The Pack, these are the names you need to know.