8 Iconic Men’s Brands to Build Your Wardrobe With

Classic. Edgy. Off-the-charts luxe. These eight go-to men’s brands each have a distinct identity, but their common trait? They’re icons – and they all belong in your closet. Here’s why.

Our Men's Editors' Picks

Billy Reid: This Alabama-born designer’s Southern brand trades on old-school details and quality fabrics. You can’t go wrong with his plaid button-fronts.

Brooks Brothers: America’s first ready-to-wear emporium is still dominating today. You will live in its slim-fit polos come spring and summer.

Calvin Klein: Simple – but never boring – design is this American brand‘s hallmark. If you don’t already have one of its dark, slim suits in your closet, get on it.

Gucci: This Italian powerhouse boasts worldwide appeal. The label’s interlocking Gs and signature green-red-green are instantly recognizable – even on its Swiss-made watches.

Hermès: If you had to choose the luxest of the luxe, it would be this Parisian brand. Show you’re in the know with one of its whimsically printed silk ties.

John Varvatos: That effortless rock ‘n’ roll edge? It’s what this American brand is all about. Play it cool in one of its suede or leather utility jackets.

Valentino: This label is synonymous with la dolce vita, the good life. Choose to arrive fashionably late (or right on time) with one of its chronograph tickers on your wrist.

Versace: Standing out in the crowd is this Italian brand’s specialty. Its sharp cashmere topcoats will ensure you do just that.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 21, 2014