Year founded: 1988
Maison Martin Margiela has swelling sense of relevance in not only the Paris fashion scene, but in hip-hop as well. Kanye wore Margiela masks during Yeezus performances. The "Future" sneaker is one of the most popular and coveted high-fashion sneakers. Rapper Future even created a song named after the label. The Maison is one known to fashion heads for creating quality product without the hoopla that other fashion brands like to inject into their fashion shows and culture.
The Martin Margiela was rarely seen in public while he was at the brand, and the designer(s), including Matthieu Blazy, who followed afterwards were just as reclusive. He was recently replaced by John Galliano, an interesting choice purely because the house is built on anonymity, and Galliano thrives on being showy. Margiela's clothes have traditionally championed a balance of minimal, deliberate, challenging, and modern. In a bold move, Galliano pulled a Hedi Slimane and recently announced the fashion house will be changing its name to simply, Maison Margiela.