Richard Chai - 2005
Named People magazine's Sexiest New Designer, Richard Chai learned the trade from some of fashion's most luminous icons: Geoffrey Beene, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Chai's experiences with these designers gave him the crucial foundation to launch his own collection.
Chai's designs reflect his emphasis on the craft of making clothes. He creates modern clothing utilizing Old World techniques, such as hand stitching, bias tapes and French seams. Chai's debut collection received rave reviews from fashion media, including Women's Wear Daily, Elle, and W.
Since his Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, Chai has launched a limited edition collection for Target's "Go International" program, as well as a menswear collection exclusively for Barneys New York and Odin.