Fashion has always been a major part of Brooklyn designer Raun LaRose's life since childhood. His mother was a seamstress who used to design high-end womenswear. He was often watching her while she used to work and eventually she started taking him along with her on trips to the fabric stores and even let him watch her while she used to do fittings with clients. He started sewing at 16. The first piece he made was button front shirt. At age 20, he enrolled in the Art Institute of NYC where he majored in womenswear, then after a year of studying, he decided that menswear was his true passion so he went onto to attend FIT where he took up menswear design. Raun LaRose launched his eponymous label in 2009. Inspired by designs of the past with a strong emphasis on progression, this season's collection features its fair share of forward-thinking details brought on by Raun LaRose’s fascination with the book "Time Traveler" by Dr Ronald Mallet. The line itself shares the characteristics of the book’s protagonist –a young risk taker who wants to lead his generation into the future althought sometimes looking to the past– highlighting solid cuts with layering and strong color usage. The designer has one belief when it comes to his approach to menswear fashion : it should have no boundaries, yet be masculine at the same time. He also went into new territory by using harnesses on the waist of the models, which adds a more clean silhouette to this menswear collection, incorporating both classical fabrics such as shearling fur and mohair, with modern man-made fabrics such as gabardine and neoprene. Raun LaRose wants men to see the beauty within themselves. He want them to look and feel masculine, but still exude a certain type of confidence than cannot be defined.