Posted by Matthew Wynn

 

It's an oft-tested formula: menswear designer hones his skills on the inside at one of the big boys, and then when either his creative differences interfere, he outgrows his post or the line suffers for one reason or another, said designer ventures out, guns blazing, to create a vision of his own. Meet Ian Velardi, who was part of a group of guys who brought Hickey Freeman a younger, more fit-focused customer with the now defunct Hickey. We were hanging at (capsule) earlier this summer and, after a few laps around the room, kept returning to Velardi's booth. His stuff is infectious: it's wearable, it's beautifully constructed (read: made in Italy). It's effortless, staple-driven clothing for a modern dude. So, naturally, we were stoked when Velardi asked us to premiere his spring 2012 lookbook. Our one request? The man himself grace us with an intro...

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