Adam Lippes, is almost never caughtwearing anything other than a perfectly fitting t-shirt of his own design and jeans. He’s been around the block. Adam has never been design school, but studied in Paris for a year, after earning a psychology degree at Cornell University. Let’s talk about hitting the ball out of left field. Although, I myself and others could argue fashion is psychology….another blog entry we’ll discuss!
Working as an assistant to Electra Toub, then manager of Polo Ralph Lauren’s flagship stores. Moving along with Toub to licensing at Oscar De La Renta, shortly after joining her.
At Oscar De La Renta , Lippes moved up the ranks from assistant to international creative director. His signature style — a t-shirt and jeans — was not the standard attire most of his colleagues were wearing, especially de la Renta, who was always “suited and booted”. By 2003, entertaining the ideas for his own basics line. He created the collection — originally called ADAM + EVE — while still employed by de la Renta. Who later become his first investor.
Lippes’ basics line was picked up immediately by Saks Fifth Avenue. The collection grew rapidly. Almost like over night. In 2009 he renamed the brand simply, ADAM. By 2010, Adam lost his ally at Kellwood and decided to leaving the brand/licensing company,too. He didn’t like the direction they wanted him to go in. Leaving his company name and trademark behind, he walked away.
Not long after Adam bought back his trademark from Kellwood. Adam wont say “how much it cost”!
He’s now back better than ever moving from contemporary to designer clothing.
Will it work?
Yes, I say. Adam is a force to be reckoned with and I admire his tenacious spirit!
He is a comeback kid you should continue to watch………….
I’m already on board with two pieces, a graphic tye-dye dress (same print as below) and white t-shirt. We all know off season is the best time to snag a bargain….click here to see what NET-A-PORTER has to offer. Of course he still has the best fitted t-shirts, ever.
I would love to work on Adam Lippes team…. please mentor me!