All Signs Point to a Big Year Ahead for Aimé Leon Dore

Welcome to the LVMH family, Aimé Leon Dore

1/19/2022 4:14:00 AM

Welcome to the LVMH family, Aimé Leon Dore

The cult menswear brand has a New Balance collection in the works and LVMH money in its pocket.

Teddy Santis, the Queens-born Greek American designer behind the label, is, unlike many of his press-hungrier counterparts, a relative cipher in the menswear landscape. Since founding Aimé Leon Dore (Aimé is from the French word for to love; Leon was his father’s childhood nickname; and Dore=Theodore=Teddy) in 2014, following an early boost from Kith’s Ronnie Fieg, Santis built his line quickly but quietly with a handful of clear references, some prep-via-hip-hop nods (vintage Polo, Tommy Hilfiger), and a reluctance to overexplain. “I don’t really know anything about him,” a fellow designer told me. He has given scattered interviews here or there, but the spare “About me” section of the ALD website offers only a link to Nas’s Illmatic for “more info.”

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