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February 15, 2011


By Dispatch Departures | Fashion


We're used to seeing the Lauren name in stylish places, and as of this month, another member of the famed fashion family is making his own unique mark with a debut collection. A former actor turned artist and photographer, Greg Lauren hadn't considered following in the footsteps of his uncle Ralph or father Jerry (the executive VP of men's design at Polo Ralph Lauren) until two and a half years ago, when he was working on "Alteration," an exhibit of iconic menswear he re-created from paper. Intrigued by the idea of "wearable pieces," he experimented with the materials then at his fingertips, ripping up and sewing back together pieces of canvas and drop cloth. His first collection, currently on display in the windows at Barneys New York and available at boutiques like Maxfield in Los Angeles, features mostly outerwear, handmade by Lauren and a team of artisans, from deconstructed vintage military duffel bags, sailor uniforms, Army tents and repurposed cashmere. The pieces come in various silhouettes—military coats, blazers and tuxedo jackets—for men and women. No two are alike, and prices range from $1,875 for an army tent jacket to $3,125 for a destroyed cashmere tuxedo jacket. greglauren.com.

Photo Courtesy Greg Lauren