Founder: Thom Browne
Year Founded: 2003

Few designers have changed the course of men's fashion as much as Thom Browne. When Browne won the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2006, his aesthetic was widely mocked. His suits were a riff on the company man suits of the early 1960s. They were produced in simple, conservative fabrics and colors (often gray flannel), with narrow lapels and a slim body. Most remarkable, though, were the proportions. Browne's suits still feature comically short bodies and are typically show with absurdly short trousers. People laughed, then and now, but they also took note. Today's suits and pants are dramatically shorter in the body and pant than ever before, a trend which can be traced directly back to Browne, and the tendency towards a revived (now cheeky) men's conservatism has to be attributed in no small part to Browne as well.