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He has great instincts, and a sense of style that is remarkable. — Tom Ford

He observed his grandmother and a lot other women role models as a kid. His family sent him to art school in high school, which was a transformative experience. He was denied by FIT and Parsons, struggling to find his way into the industry. He formed an LLC that made “LaQuan Smith 3D leggings” and became known as the “leggings” guy. He modeled them, passed them around, and celebrities started to wear them, that’s when things ‘took off.’

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His distinctive work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk takers including Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, all of whom were early supporters.

Since its formal debut in 2013, the brand has gained acclaim for its endless archive of distinctive garments and details. Smith has cultivated an equally dynamic private order clientele which spans the globe from Lagos to London.

1988

LaQuan Smith is born in Queens, New York.

1994

The first sketches emerge.

1998

Denied from Parsons and FIT.

2003

First collection debuts at New York’s Society of Illustrators.

2014

Opened up showroom in Long Island City where the collection is produced and manufactured.

2015

Made the Forbes 30 under 30 list

2019

Becomes an official ambassador to Moët & Chandon. Designs a signature cocktail “The Moët Golden Hour” which displays his creativity across cultural lines, making his participation & presence for the Golden Globes a perfect statement geared toward inclusiveness.

2020

Sells out in a pandemic

“I didn’t even think of being a designer, I was just fascinated by women and well-tailored clothing.”

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