By  on January 7, 2008

NEW YORK — Adam Kimmel is easy to mistake for a Parisian designer. After all, the influential Paris boutique Colette was the first to create buzz around him, and Kimmel still holds private market appointments in Paris. Furthermore, he doesn’t court media attention; he’s deeply involved in the contemporary art world; and he speaks with quiet, bi-continental sophistication—all of which add up to a certain je ne sais quoi. Kimmel is surely about to enter a new level of renown, as he presents his fall 2008 collection as the special-guest designer at this week’s Pitti Immagine Uomo trade fair in Florence.

For the record, he’s a native New Yorker with an architecture degree from NYU, and his business is based in New York. Having made clothes for himself and his friends in college, Kimmel realized the craft came more naturally than architecture and compelled him more powerfully toward expression. Besides, he didn’t like what he found in men’s fashion at the turn of the millennium.

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