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Sartorial Superstars: Who to Watch and Wear Part 1

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Doug and Ben Burkman
Monday, August 15, 2011
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From the pages of AVENUE’s August issue…

Amy Smith gives you a go-to guide to the hottest menswear designer’s to sport this season.

Ben and Doug Burkman
Occupation: Head designers of Burkman Bros
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Celebrity fans: Kanye West, the cast of Twilight

There’s something entirely infectious about brother design duo Doug and Ben Burkman. With their ear-to-ear smiles and Canadian charm, this pair brings life to a collection of contemporary casual menswear that speaks to the man who longs for the cool and casual look. Inspired by their travels around East Asia, the Burkman brothers’ collection of signature madras plaids and military-inspired outerwear is a clear marriage of East meets West. And in a world where social media and celebrity pop culture is the pinnacle of trend-setting, it doesn’t hurt that the cast of Twilight is often seen decked-out in their casual-cool duds, and media magnet Kanye West recently sported a collection of their bracelets while performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Suffice it to say, these former Gap Inc. designers are well on their way to taking over the men’s retail market in America, and for two boys from our neighbor to the north, that’s no easy feat.

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