Ian Velardi - 2013
Ian Velardi began his career in a training program at luxury menswear brand Hickey Freeman—then part of Hartmarx Corporation (HMX)—which allowed Ian to learn all aspects of the clothing business, from manufacturing and import/export nuances to design and marketing strategies. Ian was a founding member of the brand extension Hickey, and acted as the Brand Manager, overseeing sales, marketing, branding, and design. Ian also designed sportswear for Hart Schaffner Marx, oversaw the rise of Maine based sportswear company Rogues Gallery and launched his own luxury hat line, Hattan, which was sold in Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Isetan Tokyo and Ships Tokyo.
This focused menswear path created a clear understanding in the way men look at fashion and approach style, in addition to the knowhow to take a design from concept to production to retail. In his experience at Hickey, Ian forged deep connections with Italian mills and manufacturers. All of the production for the first four seasons of Ian Velardi has taken place in Italy. The fabrics and materials are from top-notch mills and suppliers unavailable to most new brands, and all garments are made in top-tier factories. The result is clothing that looks, wears and feels luxurious.
Ian Velardi launched his namesake men's clothing line (Ian Velardi) for Fall 2011. The collection consists of luxury sportswear, tailored clothing and accessories, and was exclusively launched at Barneys New York for the first season. The business has since expanded to select Bloomingdale's stores, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and select specialty stores.
Ian was recently nominated by GQ as a Best New Menswear Designer in America for 2012. Through this nomination Ian created a capsule collection for GAP with nationwide and international distribution. Ian Velardi grew up in New Jersey, just outside of Manhattan. He does not have any formal education in fashion design. Ian graduated from Indiana University in 2004, with a degree in marketing. Clothing has always been a lifelong passion that Ian has nurtured on his own, through years of dedication and hands on work experience. Ian lives in Manhattan where he scours the streets constantly in search of inspiration. His unique aesthetic is equal parts classic American sportswear, sartorial influenced tailored clothing, and street style.