If you frequent the gym as often as we do, you will undoubtedly have noticed that in the past few years, the quality and variety of women's activewear has exploded, while the offerings for men remain...boring. Most of the options we found in stores were either uncomfortable or unattractive (or both), and we'd gotten into the habit of lightly modifying them with scissors. Plenty of other guys do the same thing - hands up if you've ever been guilty of cutting off the arms of your T-shirts. We, the founders, were frustrated and decided to develop a line of men's activewear with a nod to both fashion and function. After all, why should women have all the fun?
Masterclass Apparel was born and bred in New York's Garment District, an area with a long, rich history and which still provides a wealth of resources, skills, and know-how. The Garment District, which is located between 42nd Street and 34th Street and stretches from 5th Avenue to 9th Avenue, is home to hundreds of factories, design houses, and fabric suppliers, each with their own area of expertise. With the help of the online Fashion Directory, we've assembled a local team of experienced technical designers, pattern graders, and craftspeople, who have helped translate our vision into reality. Our team of experts has taken our ideas from rough sketches to final products that reflect the best that the Garment District can produce. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce you to a few members of our team through feature pieces on Masterclass Notes.
We've been hard at work on our first collection and we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of our design and production teams for their contributions and the generosity with which they share their expertise. We are incredibly proud of each piece in our collection and can't wait to share them with you!