The Industry: Ozwald Boateng

13 May

Menswear Designer Ozwald Boateng

Blame it on Marlene Dietrich, but we have a definite fascination with the idea of women in men’s clothing. Having a bespoke suit or tuxedo to stand out in among a sea of strapless LBDs at an event sounds like sartorial nirvana to us. Funds willing, the designer that we would love to have on speed dial would be British menswear designer Ozwald Boateng. Boateng, whose parents are from Ghana but emigrated to London, is known for the way he injects classic menswear looks with a cheeky dose of modernity (often in the form of super-saturated color and razor-cut silhouettes), sacrificing none of the on-point tailoring that is expected from a Saville Row-trained designer . From 2004-2007, Boateng was the Creative Director of Menswear at Givenchy while also working to expand his brand in America. If you weren’t able to catch the documentary series House of Boateng on the Sundance Channel a few years ago, you missed an intriguing look at the process of how a designer grows their business and the trials and tribulations that inevitably follow. Boateng unfortunately still hasn’t quite found his footing in the U.S., but his profile was raised a bit recently when British-born actor Idris Elba wore a Boateng suit to the premiere of the movie Thor. September 2011 will bring the release of A Man’s Story, a documentary about Boateng. But look below for a great clip from Why Style Matters featuring Ozwald talking about style, presenting his collections and hanging out with his cute-as-a-button children. See the FW11 collection at

Actor Idris Elba Wearing a Boateng suit

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