Yang Li

Educated at Central Saint Martins, Beijing-born designer Yang Li interned under Raf Simons before striking out on his own, debuting his eponymous menswear collection in Spring 2012. Heavily influenced by the countercultural worlds of skateboarding, basketball, and punk rock, Li imparts immaculately tailored classics with a romantic sense of rebellion through heavy-soled leather footwear, raw finishes, and an almost exclusively black color story. Samizdat, the label's thickly referenced graphic apparel collection named for the distribution of state-censored literature in communist countries, provides a particular highlight.