11. Abdul Abasi
Occupation: Store Manager, Nepenthes New York
Abdul first really fell into the fashion world while he was in the army — where he was a respected drill sergeant. After going to F.I.T. on the G.I. Bill and majoring in menswear, he interned with Coogi and assisted then-up-and-coming designer Patrik Ervell before securing his first job as an Assistant Designer at Engineered Garments. When Nepenthes NY decided to open their city outpost, Daiki Suzuki couldn't think of anyone cooler, nicer, or more stylish to represent the company at its flagship store, and eagerly handed the keys over to Abdul. Easily noticeable thanks to his Basquiat-like topknot, he effortlessly mixes together Nepenthes' Americana-influenced clothing with fashion-forward brands like Damir Doma, Maison Martin Margiela, and The Soloist. You've probably seen his face as an Engineered Garments lookbook model, or at Park & Bond's Nepenthes e-shop.