Rob Garcia is branching out on his own.
A former partner at buzzy brand En Noir, Garcia will introduce his own collection on Wednesday, during New York Fashion Week. Garcia, who parted ways with En Noir over business differences, has spent the past month working in Paris on his own label. “It was really a natural progression,” he said, noting that the Rob Garcia collection will showcase an “evolving aesthetic” that blends the streetwear references he honed earlier in his career with more high-end influences. “The line is based on foundation basics,” he said. “I’m into classic men’s wear silhouettes in superior materials. We’re not trying to recreate the wheel.”
As such, the inaugural collection will include a biker jacket, bomber, double-breasted coats with a “military vibe,” denim and eveningwear, he said. Although Garcia expects to have completed around 50 pieces by showtime, his show is expected to feature 15 to 17 looks.
Garcia, whose father was a professional skateboarder, began his career in streetwear working at several California-based brands including Black Scale, before creating En Noir. He was presented with the Best New Menswear Designer award by GQ last year and created a capsule collection for the Gap as well.
He said the Rob Garcia line is being financed by several investors who will focus on the business end of the brand while he concentrates on the design.