Collaborated With: New Balance, Converse, Nike
What They're Known For: Next-level garments for diehard fans, accessible staples with a heart icon anyone can wear, zip wallets, and Supreme collaborations.
Rei Kawakubo, the eccentric designer behind Comme des Garcons, has been on a roll. At 71, Kawaukbo is more relevant than ever. And her brand, CDG, has effortlessly worked its way into the heart of the streetwear conversation, thanks to its many sub-lines like CDG PLAY, CDG SHIRT, and CDG BLACK. Its collaborations with Supreme and Vans sell out instantly, and its ongoing partnership with Converse can be picked up at stores from J.Crew to Barneys to one of their flagship Dover Street Market shops. As high-profile as CDG's collabs with Converse and Vans are, its work with Nike and New Balance is rarer to come by and not beasted on by the same consumers. Still, as challenging as CDG's designs can be at times, its sneaker collabs are a good meeting ground and introduction to Kawakubo's more daring collections.