John's designs often draw inspiration from
the past only to repurpose these ideas into something entirely
new. The resulting collections reflect the quality and
attention to detail inherent in old world tailoring, while
creating luxurious, comfortable clothing for a modern lifestyle.
"I have a great reverence for the craft of old world tailoring
but a big part of what I love designing is functional, timeless
clothing that is created to be lived in."
John Varvatos joined Polo Ralph Lauren in 1983. Recruited by
Calvin Klein in 1990, he was appointed head of menswear design
and oversaw the launch of the men's collection and the
influential cK brand. In 1995, he returned to Polo as Head of
Menswear Design for all Polo Ralph Lauren brands and created the
highly successful Polo Jeans Company.
John launched his premiere men's
collection and in the same year was recognized by the Council of
Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Perry Ellis Award
for New Menswear Designer. He received a second CFDA award for
Menswear Designer of the Year; this successive honor was
an unprecedented achievement in his category. Later, John was
once more recognized by the CFDA with the Menswear Designer of
the Year Award. In its 12th Annual "Men of the Year" issue, GQ
magazine named John "Designer of the Year".