The women who design for men

Rick Edwards meets three great designers putting menswear first

Do women have a different approach to designing menswear than their male counterparts? An increasing number of women are choosing to specialise in menswear – and doing so very successfully. Perhaps they benefit from knowing what makes a man look good through the eyes of a woman; perhaps they can be more objective.

I went to meet three designers at the forefront of everything that is good and exciting about menswear at the moment, mainly to ask their advice on how I should be dressing. If nothing else, I’m self-interested. The three are producing wildly different collections, but covering some of the biggest trends right now: sportswear, functional workwear and pared-back simplicity.

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