“When I was talking to Ralph about going out on my own, he told me, ‘You should only do it if you really have something new to say,’” John recalls. “So now, whenever I see him, he gives me a hug and says, ‘You’re doing it. You’re really doing it.’”John Varvatos

In 2000, Varvatos received the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Designer. This marked the first of many recognizing his work because he went on to win Menswear Designer of the Year twice.