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The CFDA has just named its second group of Fashion Incubator tenants. Meet the new crew.
ANTONIO AZZUOLO, A.A.
Look: European-style tailored suiting with a youthful, debonair yet downtown twist.
Bio: Azzuolo is originally from Montreal. He studied at Ryerson University in Toronto before moving to Europe and clocking time at Hermès and Kenzo, after which he was design director of Ralph Lauren Purple and Black labels.
ARIELLE SHAPIRO, ARI DEIN
Launched: Fall 2010
Look: Ethereal lingerie with a vintage vibe.
Bio: Shapiro graduated from Dickinson in 2007 and then took off for Florence’s Istituto di Polimoda, where she discovered her passion for lingerie.
BENJAMIN AND DOUG BURKMAN, BURKMAN BROTHERS
Launched: Spring 2009
Look: Modern preppy — madras fabrics, striped tank tops, slim fits suited for time off.
Bio: More Canadians! These brothers, whose motto is “If I wouldn’t wear it, I wouldn’t make it,” started whipping up their own clothes as kids before going pro at Gap Inc., where they worked in men’s design. Travel is their priority and it’s reflected in the graphic, vaguely Hawaiian patterns often used in the collections.
Launched: Spring 2008
Look: Ultra-feminine and sophisticated hand-painted and printed fabrics.
Bio: Cota grew up painting and studying art in Mexico. After high school, he moved to Paris, where he was inspired to move to the U.S. and enroll in Parsons.
Look: Sterling silver jewelry done in organic shapes with highly textured surfaces, which, in Duca’s words are “evocative of volcanic ash and the ancient ruins of my native Rome.”
Bio: Manhattan-based Duca got her degree in design from the School of Art in Rome and the European Institute of Design.
RICKY HENDRY AND MARC DANIELS, ISAORA
Look: Athletic-inspired tailoring with an emphasis on high-tech fabrics.
Bio: Hendry is from London, Daniels from Boston. The former worked for Neil Barret, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Theory; the latter honed his skills in the tech world.
LUIS M. FERNANDEZ, NUMBER: LAB
Launched: Fall 2008
Look: What began with basic gym clothes has expanded to a full collection anchored in elegantly done technical fabrics.
Bio: Fernandez got his degree in architecture from Cornell in 1999 and spent nine years at firms such as Kohn Pederson and Fox and Jeffrey Hutchison + Associates, where he designed retail spaces for Nautica and Barneys New York. In 2005, Fernandez partnered with Greg Lawrence on his first fashion design project, a single T-shirt, out of which grew Number:Lab. Lawrence is the firm’s co-founder and COO.
REECE SOLOMON, REECE HUDSON
Launched: Spring 2010
Look: Handbags and belts done in classic, clean shapes amped up with geometric and tonal details.
Bio: As an undergrad at Boston University, Solomon made the rounds as an intern at Marie Claire, L’Officiel in Paris and Proenza Schouler, and then at Rag & Bone and back to Proenza while she was getting her associates degree in design at Parsons.
NIKKI DEKKER AND MAAYAN ZILBERMAN, THE LAKE AND STARS
Look: Witty statement lingerie that’s meant to be seen.
Bio: Zilberman is from Vancouver by way of a Kibbutz in Israel and Dekker is from the farmland of North Dakota. They met in New York through a mutual friend who thought they would get along. He was right.
TIMO WEILAND AND ALAN ECKSTEIN, TIMO WEILAND
Launched: Spring 2010
Look: Downtown dandies for dudes; quirky cool girl for the ladies.
Bio: Eckstein studied at FIT, Weiland at Vanderbilt. Both grew up fashion-obsessed.