The pioneering MAN initiative was launched in 2005 by Fashion East and TOPMAN as the first support scheme for new menswear design talent. Starting with a place on London’s womenswear schedule, by 2009 MAN began London’s first menswear day of shows before paving the way for the launch of London Collections Men in June 2012.
MAN is proud to have supported and launched designers and brands including: Kim Jones, JW Anderson, Aitor Throup, Christopher Shannon, James Long, Martine Rose, Matthew Miller, Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Craig Green, Bobby Abley , Liam Hodges, Grace Wales Bonner and more.
MAN recipients are selected by a panel of industry experts including: Andrew Davis, Fashion Consultant; Ben Reardon, Editor-in-Chief of Man About Town; Charlie Porter, Men’s Fashion Critic at Financial Times; Gordon Richardson, Creative Director of Topman; Jack Cassidy, Men’s Designerwear & Contemporary Buyer at Selfridges; Luke Day, Editor of GQ Style; Lulu Kennedy Director of Fashion East; Sam Lobban Buying Manager at Mr Porter; and Tim Blanks Editor-at-Large of Business of Fashion.
Fashion East is a non-profit initiative established in 2000 by Lulu Kennedy and The Old Truman Brewery to nurture, develop and showcase emerging designers. Fashion East is integral to London’s reputation for young talent, having kick-started the careers of some of the UK’s top design talent across womenswear and menswear.
TOPMAN is a staunch supporter of UK menswear design talent through its own MANpartnership with Fashion East. Over thirty designers have received sponsorship and showcasing opportunities and with the MAN scheme in particular.
Originating from a small town in the province of Småland, Sweden: the London based designer Per Götesson graduated from the menswear MA program at London’s Royal College of Arts in June 2016 before debuting a capsule collection at MAN shortly afterwards. Voluminous denim pieces in classic blues and monochromes were juxtaposed with worn white tops and fluid mint green jersey pajamas. The collection played with proportion and was an experimental take on the designer’s own wardrobe: “It’s about scale, about finding a balance pieces between either huge or small.” Per Götesson is available to buy from Boon The Shop (Seoul), H Lorenzo (Los Angeles), GR8 (Tokyo), Leclaireur (Paris). AW17 is Götesson’s second season as part of MAN.
FENG CHEN WANG:
The Beijing-born, London-based designer Fengchen Wang launched her label Feng Chen Wang in 2015 following the completion of her MA at London’s Royal College of Arts. In 2016 Wang was one of 23 designers shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH Prize before debuting in London on the MAN catwalk in June . Wang’s SS17 collection explored and celebrated connectivity in the digital age, the cables that connect and manipulate the structures of the garments encapsulates this concept. The combination of functionality with an astute attention to detail and a strong focus on outwear pieces continues to lie at the core of the brand’s aesthetic. Feng Chen Wang is available to buy internationally from stores including Lane Crawford (Shanghai), D-MOP (Hong Kong), GR8 (Tokyo) and Vfiles (New York City). Fashion East and TOPMAN are proud to present Wang’s second season for AW17.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY:
Charles Jeffrey is a Central St.Martin’s MA graduate, illustrator and radical creative. The Scot launched at Fashion East’s presentations in 2015 before taking over the MAN catwalk with his LOVERBOY world. His cast of artists, musicians and friends stomped down a flower strewn catwalk recreating a scene from Jeffrey’s cult clubnight, LOVERBOY. Don’t be fooled though, Jeffrey presented serious clobber too – his love of tailoring permeated the line up. Signature knits collaged with chain mail came worn with Swarovski bug encrusted boxers and ‘foam’ accessories made in collaboration with Matty Bovan. Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY SS17 is available from stores including Dover Street Market (London, New York City & Tokyo), BOON the Shop (Seoul) and The Four Eyed (Tokyo). AW17 will be 26 year old Jeffrey’s third show with the support of MAN.