Designer spotlight: Men's clothing

Suit up for spring with the help of these local menswear lines.

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  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spring Marshcoat parka, $725, at Odin

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Cotton Club shorts, $225, at Odin

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Linen crew-neck sweater, $325, at Bergdorf Goodman

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Naval Barracuda jacket, $395, at Bergdorf Goodman

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Linen nautical sweater, $325, at Bergdorf Goodman

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    Designer Todd Snyder

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Spring Marshcoat parka, $725, at Odin


Todd Snyder (toddsnyder.com)

Who he is: Iowa native Todd Snyder grew up idolizing the style of those he calls "America's great rakes and rogues"—Cary Grant, Steve McQueen and Jack Kerouac. Though he started out studying business at Iowa State, by his senior year he had switched to design, paving the way for later stints as a tailor's assistant at Des Moines shop Badowers and as a designer for Ralph Lauren, Gap and J.Crew. In February 2011, Snyder set out on his own, launching his eponymous menswear line. "My grandmother once told me the rag trade was in my bones—in Dutch, Snyder means 'tailor,' or 'one who made outer garments,'" notes Snyder, who works out of a studio in the Flatiron District.

About the line: Snyder's collection combines his favorite styles: classic American schoolboy meets old-time British prepster, with a touch of Hollywood icon cool. "I like to take an old garment and try to reinvent a classic," he says. "I will take a vintage button and re-create its burnished look, or take an old fabric and update it with a lightweight luxurious yarn." His military-inspired spring collection features rugged cargo pants ($325), Army-style button-up shirts ($225–$275) and cadet jackets ($395–$1,495). While Snyder remains loyal to men's clothing, he hopes to expand his line to include accessories in the coming months.

Where to buy: Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Ave between at 58th St; 212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com) and Odin (199 Lafayette St between Broome and Kenmare Sts; 212-966-0026, odinnewyork.com)

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