Considering how much is riding on TOME’s spring ’14 collection, the mood at the Friday evening presentation was surprisingly calm. As one of the ten finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the label is under close scrutiny by a committee of heavyweights like Jenna Lyons and Anna Wintour. But if designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Read more →
The 15 emerging labels you need to know for Spring 2014.
Trying to lock in a time to meet with Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of the NYC-based label Tome proved just how in demand the up-and-coming designers are. Put it this way: They had to cancel on me because Anna Wintour was popping by their studio for a visit, no biggie.
Since launching in 2010, the label has been slowly built momentum and is now experiencing a transition from under-the-radar to in-the-spotlight, thanks in part to becoming finalists in the buzzy CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (hence the tête–à–têtes with Anna). Read on to learn how everything from bad taste to esoteric art has informed their vision, which Martin humbly muses, ‘[those inspirations] hardly matter as long as we’re selling clothes to people to make them feel good about themselves.” And that’s precisely why we love these guys and their designs so much.
A pure-menswear brand has never won the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund. This year, that may change.
These guys have a busy few months ahead of them.
What can an upstart design duo accomplish with $25,000? We stopped by Tome’s fall 2013 presentation at Industria Studios to find out the answer to that question. Little did we know that we’d leave feeling oddly centered, having just stepped for a minute onto the desert plains of the great American Southwest. This zen atmosphere Read more →