Designer Ian Velardi cut his teeth working for companies like hickey, a younger counterpart to American suitmaker Hickey Freeman, there, the motif was slim-fitting sportswear often adorned with an embroidered marijuna leaf. It was preppy but didn't take itself seriously. Unfortunately, it didn't last.
For his debut collection under his namesake, Velardi channeled tried-and-true menswear staples and amped up the construction, so the goods are definitely up to snuff. He also made this video featuring a nearly-naked model trying on much of the collection. The band in the video? Some kids the designer met on the subway. It's worth a look.