By  on May 29, 2013

Tim Coppens is not the ebullient sort.

The Belgian-born designer, who launched his men’s wear collection in 2011, smiles rarely and takes his craft quite seriously. But while he may not be the back-slapping, joke-a-minute type, he’s definitely doing something right.

An avid snowboarder and cyclist, his special take on men’s wear is helping to define a new aesthetic of a global youth movement with a blend of streetwear and athleticism. He has developed an expertise in tailoring luxury fabrics with technologically advanced materials. Barneys New York was the first retailer to sign on to buy his collection in its debut season. Stockists now also include Louis Boston, Altai in Los Angeles, LN-CC in the U.K. and Isetan in Tokyo.

Coppens has received industry recognition for his work, capturing the Ecco Domani award for Best New Menswear Designer and the Fashion Group International’s Menswear Rising Star award. Most recently, he was nominated for this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Swarovski Award for Menswear.

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