Awards Spotlight: Simon Spurr, Nominee for Menswear Designer of the Year

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Simon Spurr

2012 Nominee for:
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

CFDA Honors:
2011 NOMINEE – MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
2010 NOMINEE – SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist

Biography:
Simon Spurr was born in Kent, England in 1974. He studied in London and graduated from Middlesex University in 1996 with a B.A. in Men’s Fashion Design.  Soon after graduating, Spurr was hired to design menswear for Saint Laurent, working under the close guidance of Hedi Slimane. In 2001, Spurr was recruited to New York City to serve as head Menswear Designer for cK Calvin Klein and in 2003 he became Design Director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Ralph Lauren Black Label.

In the Fall of 2006, Spurr launched his eponymous menswear line, SPURR, with three distinct styles of American-made selvage jeans. Over the course of 2007, the line was expanded to include sportswear, suiting and accessories, quickly establishing SPURR as a full lifestyle brand.

In 2009, the brand was broadened once again with the creation and development of SIMON SPURR, a designer collection which paralleled and complemented the newly-contemporized SPURR. SIMON SPURR and SPURR are sold at leading retailers worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Maxfield, Bloomingdales, Scoop and Nordstrom.

DESIGN STATEMENT
Simon Spurr’s clean and confident design aesthetic is clearly informed by both his English upbringing as well as by his years spent working with Hedi Slimane, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. His approach to design is firmly built upon a framework that emphasizes, color, proportion and deliberate subtly. His slim-fitting suits are modern in their cut, color and fabric. Simultaneously, they are unarguably sophisticated with precision in tailoring that finds its roots in the heart of Savile Row. Garments are individually designed and manufactured to the highest standards in Italy, France and the US using the finest Italian, English and Japanese fabrics.

A Moment with Simon:
To be a designer one needs to…
 be able to walk through the world with his or her eyes open all of the time. A designer has to have a clear sense of his aesthetic while simultaneously being able to find inspiration in unlikely and unpredictable places.
Being nominated for a CFDA Fashion Award is…
 one of the greatest honors I have ever been granted. To have my work recognized by some of the people I admire most in the world is really incredible. The nomination is both humbling and motivating.
Success for me is…
 coming home at the end of the day and feeling like I worked hard, maintained integrity and created something that I’m proud of. Success is also making something others can see that is beautiful, interesting, challenging and new. It’s creating something that communicates how I see the world but that is also resonant in a way that feels personal and tactile to everyone.
Failure for me is…
 compromising your morals for the sake of personal gain.
As a designer my goal is…
 always to inspire and be inspired.
My words to live by are…
 be true to yourself, have respect and that manners cost nothing.