The mystery behind what makes a clothing brand "good" is often the subject of much speculation. Behind the hype and blog posts, boiling things down to construction, design, and aesthetic appeal all factor into what actually makes us love the clothes beyond the label and celebrity co-signs.
We took all of that into consideration when making and ranking the designers and brands on this list. We wanted to include the companies that made great strides this year, whether it was changing people's perception of who they were, continuing to dominate in their respective wheelhouse, or dictating the course of menswear and streetwear's future—and all the points where the two intersect. These are The 25 Best Men's Style Brands of 2012.