BLEU Style Guide: Designer Sam Nieves-Velez Launches Menswear Collection “Mr Nieves”
Sam Nieves-Velez, designer and co-owner of the women’s contemporary brand Nieves Lavi, recently announced his first-ever menswear line, Mr Nieves. Simple modern silhouettes provide the foundation for the designer’s juxtaposition of playful, vibrant patterns and fabrics inspired by his Puerto Rican heritage and the cosmopolitan sophistication of New York City.
“I wanted to create products that are unique finds for my customer but also to bring wearable, exciting and fun clothes to the market. I like to consider myself my own customer, someone who enjoys discovering new labels, who is looking for unique items in the market, and is not afraid to stand out and be noticed by wearing a bright print or an interesting embroidered shirt. My guy is adventurous, curious and carefree,” says Nieves-Velez.
Highlights of the debut collection include contrasting paneled shirts in summerweight cotton; the traditional “Guayabera” shirt updated with a trimmer fit, mixed media and unexpected pocket treatments; eye-catching printed swim shorts ideal for wearing beyond the beach; and slim fit printed trousers perfect for cuffing and sporting with a simple tee and soft blazer.
Wovens will run from $175-250, tailored shorts and pants from $88-230, swim wear for $169, and $45-98 for tees, tanks and polos, with distribution aimed at fine menswear and specialty retailers across the globe.
Check out the new collection below.