Behind the brand Derek Lam is the designer of the same name. Together with his partner (both privately and professionally) Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, the company was founded in New York City in 2003.
Derek Lam is a renowned American designer who has won several CFDA awards (CFDA awards are considered Oscars of fashion). Hailing from San Francisco, California, he was educated at the Parsons School of Design, and even then his work was exhibited at the FIT Museum, the Kennedy Center, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Derek Lam followed up his successful namesake brand with Derek Lam 10 Crosby, a contemporary clothing and fragrance spinoff inspired by the women who pass by the windows of his office on Crosby Street. This collection is informed by the designer's signature strength of line and sleek sensibility with a bit of youthful, downtown attitude.