LVMH Prize Finalist: Tim Coppens

The designer already had a solid pedigree before branching out on his own three years ago.

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Tim Coppens already had a solid pedigree before he branched out on his own three years ago. The Belgium-born designer graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1998, moved to Munich to design for the active luxury brand Bogner and then joined Adidas in 2004 to develop a new high-end men’s performance division. Four years later, he was recruited by Ralph Lauren to become design director for its technical RLX brand.

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In 2011, Coppens started his own men’s line, blending his expertise in technologically advanced materials with tailored luxury fabrics. Barneys New York signed for the first season and the collection is now carried by retailers as diverse as Dover Street Market, Isetan, Club 21, Harvey Nichols and Mr Porter.

Coppens was singled out for the 2012 Ecco Domani Award for Best New Menswear Designer as well as the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star of the Year honor for 2013. He was also a recent nominee for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and a finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award.

Humbled by his fast achievements, Coppens said he believes his unique take on fashion — a “sophisticated luxury mixed with athletic influences and street culture” — is very much of the moment and the key to his success.

For fall the designer drew inspiration from traditional fabrics like loden, worked on ivory duffle coats with rough edges and a kimono-inspired plaid coat. He also dabbled in women’s wear with a small offering that was an extension of his men’s wear, but, as he put it, “cuter.”

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