The 25 Most Powerful People In Menswear

Humans are competitive beasts. It's impossible for us not to look at the world around us and think, "Where do I stack up?" And so we make lists. It's partially to keep us in check and partially to assure ourselves that somewhere out there there's some higher goal that we can one day achieve. We may be wallowing in the lower tiers, but if we look up and say, "Hey, there's number one!" it gives us hope in some way. So, here it is, as of today, this very moment, our assessment on the 25 most powerful people in menswear. Sure, to make a list such as this is critical, but it's also aspirational. The men (and woman) that grace this ballot have tirelessly worked their way up the pyramid and now sit comfortably at the pinnacle, filling positions that ironically make them immune to lists such as this. With that said, this is not for them. It's for us that stand at the bottom, neck bent backwards, looking up with index finger full extended, muttering to ourselves, "One day."

Jake Gallagher is a writer living in New York. Read his blog, Wax Wane, here and follow him on Twitter here.

 

  • get it got it

    kanye at #11…. LOL get a grip

    • Oppiken

      Why is that ridiculous? You deserve a spot on the list if you can get people to line up for hours for a pair of sneakers with your name attached to it, and then get them to pay $4000 when they couldn’t buy it at retail price.

      • get it got it

        Well let me tell you why it is ridiculous. Does he deserve a spot for being influential? Yes, because he wears clothes that are picked out for him by art directors and stylists and then people run out to mimic him. He does NOT design clothing and I am not sure if you recall but his one attempt at a runway show, although it was womens, was a complete and utter disaster. Putting him before McNairy or Billy Reid who actually design clothing and are on the forefront of menswear right now is absurd. So exuse me for not thinking Kanye West should be #11 on an influential list of menswear just because he fucking wears some clothes and little hypebeasts go out and buy it.

        • fgonzo2

          I understand your point and strong feelings about this. But this is NOT a list of most influential. The headline reads “Powerful”. Money and power certainly do not equate to influence… but Kanye’s (sad, I know) powerful hold of the #menswear revolution is undeniable. He has not influenced my style at all… but his power in this industry, even in such a short period of time (versus the great Lauren), warrants some sort of recognition. I find it sad… but valid here.

        • Oppiken

          Influence is power. If Kanye goes twitter today and randomly decides to endorse some shitty t-shirt from an online retailer, you can be sure that shirt will either be 1) sold out by the end of the week or 2) 200% more expensive after the tweet. That is power, which is different than the power of McNairy or Billy Reid, who are guys that are “powerful” because they design great clothing that people like us would drop a lot of money for. However, if McNairy goes online and name drop a product, it’s not going to have the same hysteria that Kanye produces.
          Use the comparison of the BBC Ice Cream x McNairy collaboration and the APC x Kanye West collaboration as an example. While I personally think the McNairy line is much nicer than the APC one, the amount of attention and hype for the APC x Kanye line was much much greater. The term “powerful” is very vague but Kanye using his influence (regardless of whether it’s because of his rap or thanks to his stylists) in menswear does make him a powerhouse.

        • Oppiken

          Influence is power. If Kanye goes twitter today and randomly decides to endorse some shitty t-shirt from an online retailer, you can be sure that shirt will either be 1) sold out by the end of the week or 2) 200% more expensive after the tweet. That is power, which is different than the power of McNairy or Billy Reid, who are guys that are “powerful” because they design great clothing that people like us would drop a lot of money for. However, if McNairy goes online and name drop a product, it’s not going to have the same hysteria that Kanye produces.
          Use the comparison of the BBC Ice Cream x McNairy collaboration and the APC x Kanye West collaboration as an example. While I personally think the McNairy line is much nicer than the APC one, the amount of attention and hype for the APC x Kanye line was much much greater. The term “powerful” is very vague but Kanye using his influence (regardless of whether it’s because of his rap or thanks to his stylists) in menswear does make him a powerhouse.

        • qrct1

          McNairy put Yolo on a shirt and charged £45.. enough said

        • pdubokc

          Well said Oppiken, Well Said…. pdubokc

  • Alex

    Bernard Arnault?

  • Jerome

    the fuckery that is this article. Daiki? Hiroki? For all the EG dickriding that goes on here, I’m surprised.

  • Jack

    Jim Moore should not be on this list. Anyone who has worked at GQ knows he is clueless and sloppy. He has weekly meeting where interns tell him what is “cool”.

  • john

    why isnt jake woolf number 1???

  • Tomcat

    Sid Mashburn??

  • traplordian

    EVERYBODY GOIN TO THIS CASHMERE CASTLE

  • sliMane 305

    What about Armancio Ortega of Inditex? He’s just #3 on Forbes list of richest guys on the PLANET folks…

  • Dr.Zee

    Some people are missing from this list. However, there are peopel on this list that still deserve to be recognized: Yasuto Kamoshita, kANYEWEST Tadashi Yanai #RVLLRS