Reed Krakoff

Fashion Designer / United States / Reed Krakoff

Fashion designer, acclaimed photographer, passionate collector and patron of the arts Reed Krakoff is creative director of the Reed Krakoff Collection. Drawing from over 20 years of experience designing for iconic American houses, Krakoff has elevated his New York-based label into a global brand and has himself become internationally recognized for his contributions to the industries of fashion, art, and design. Graphic, sculptural, and born from a unique vision of modern style, the Reed Krakoff Collection debuted in April 2010. The brand is marked by a new approach to design, where luxury and utility are interpreted across a full line of ready-to-wear, handbags, and accessories. Krakoff's mission is to redefine American sportswear, marrying function and ease with the dynamism and vitality of contemporary visual culture.

A recognized leader in the fashion industry, Krakoff currently sits on the board of his alma mater, the Parsons New School of Design in New York, where he mentors aspiring fashion and design students. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the vice president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In 2012, Krakoff was named the Accessory Designer of the Year by the CFDA for his namesake collection, an honor previously bestowed to him in 2001 and 2004 for his work at Coach. He was most recently honored at the Style Awards as Accessories Designer of the Year 2012.

Krakoff’s photographic work has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo and Beijing, and featured in fashion, art and lifestyle publications around the world. He is the author of two books: Fighter: The Ultimate Fighters of the UFC and Women in Art: Figures of Influence. He has also contributed to books on renowned French sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti, and Israeli designer Ron Arad.

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