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The 50 Greatest Menswear Brands of All Time Designer Yohji Yamamoto (second from left) backstage at a runway show.

22. Yohji Yamamoto

Founder: Yohji Yamamoto
Year Founded: 1972

There are few designers as successful as Yohji Yamamoto when it comes to unconventional menswear designs. In his time, Yamamoto has created beautifully poetic and radically draped silhouettes; worked with mills to develop new ways of finishing fabrics; and came up with a large range of interesting designs, such as his collection of tailored clothing made entirely out of knits. Not unlike how Ralph Lauren has created a label based on his fantasy, Yamamoto's designs are very much rooted in his specific worldview. Unlike Lauren and others, however, Yamamoto's work arguably as much about art as they are about clothing (more so than many of his contemporaries, anyway).

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