Fashion Biography

Michael Bastian, Fashion Designer

Michael Bastian was born in lyons, new york, a small upstate town near lake ontario. After graduating from babson college in wellesley, massachusetts, he moved to new york city, where his first job was as an assistant buyer at abraham & strauss. This was followed by positions within sotheby"s, tiffany & co., Polo Ralph Lauren, and most recently, Bergdorf Goodman, where he was the men"s fashion director for five years. It was this experience that led bastian to launch his own men"s wear line, Michael Bastian. "through the process of setting the men"s fashion direction for Bergdorf Goodman, it became increasingly clear to me that there was a real need for a new american voice in the men"s designer world something modern and luxurious, but also a little broken down and familiar. I start with something perfectly designed and executed, then spend a lot of time knocking the edge off of that perfection." now in its eleventh season, Michael Bastian is carried in over 35 retail locations in america, canada, japan, europe and the middle east.

In fall 2010 a new special collaboration was launched, gant by Michael Bastian, which has expanded to offer womenswear for spring 2011. This collection is widely distributed in over 60 countries worldwide, in both gant stores and independent specialty retailers.
For spring 2011 Michael Bastian launched two new collaborations. For sunglasses he collaborated with randolph engineering, under the name Michael Bastian for randolph engineering, creating a collection of 15 exclusive new variations on current and vintage randolph engineering models. They are sold on and on select retailers in america, japan, canada and europe. In april 2011, bastian launched a collaboration of flip flops with havaianas, under the name havaianas+Michael Bastian with 4 limited edition styles designed for the spring 11 collection, which are sold on and in independent specialty retailers.

Michael Bastian has been named the 2011 cfda menswear designer of the year.

He has been previously nominated for this award in 2010, 2009 and 2008 and was also nominated for the 2007 cfda newcomer menswear designer of the year award.

He is a resident of new york city.

Michael Bastian is a very simple one. In my five years as men"s fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman, i saw a need for classically based american menswear, but with a modern fit and attitude, and executed at the highest level possible. Everything is produced in italy and portugal, from the finest fabrics available, allowing these clothes to form the basis of a modern man"s wardrobe for years to come.

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