By  on November 30, 2011

NEW YORK — Since boyhood, Ian Velardi wanted to work for Ralph Lauren. He interviewed at the company numerous times but a job never came to fruition. “As a kid I used to walk around SoHo and spend hours in the Polo store. All I wanted to do was work for Polo. That was my dream. But it didn’t happen,” recalled the 30-year-old designer.

While that ambition hasn’t been realized, another one has. This past fall, he launched his own men’s label, which is now carried exclusively at Barneys New York and online at, a division of Gilt Groupe. As fate would have it, the collection sits near Ralph Lauren Black Label at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue.

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