“I don’t think I designed a single piece of clothing until I was 29, which is late. I wasn’t a cookie-cutter person.” John Varvatos

Rock-n-roll aficionado John Varvatos didn’t start out designing—the Detroit native began his decades-long and award-winning career working in retail sales. Things have certainly changed since those early days, and since founding his label in 1999, Varvatos has influenced the way men dress, drive, drink tequila, and smell. Here, we take a look as his illustrious career, which has made its mark on the personal style of men everywhere.