April 13, 2015

By Contributor

Image Courtesy of John Varvatos

New York City, USA – John Varvatos is pleased to announce he will show his Spring 2016 collection at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the new standalone showcase for American men’s fashion created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Mr. Varvatos will close the historic men’s event with a runway fashion show on Thursday, July 16.

“From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between NYFW and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned,” said John Varvatos. “After eight years of showing in NY, I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience.   We’ve shown there for the past seven years and it’s been a wonderful experience and a real boost for our international growth.   Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first ever NYC menswear week!”

Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, said, “John Varvatos is quintessentially American, a leading menswear brand, a global success, and the CFDA is proud to welcome John back home. Having him show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s solidifies our efforts and emphasizes the importance of New York City as an international influence on the business of menswear.”

The move is a return for Mr. Varvatos whose last New York fashion show was in Spring 2008. For the following thirteen seasons, Mr. Varvatos presented his runway show in Milan, Italy.

Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, steampunk watch, men’s fragrances, and John Varvatos U.S.A. Collection, as well as Converse by John Varvatos.

The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007 and The CNN Style Award’s “Menswear Designer of the Year” in 2013.