A Cut Above // Antonio Azzuolo

So what do you do when Antonio Azzuolo, the man behind one of the most talked-about recent menswear collections, invites you to spend a couple days observing his Fashion Week preparations? That’s easy—run (don’t walk) to his prep space, keep your eyes wide open, and just take in the beautifully frenzied energy of the days leading up to the presentation.

The Montreal-born designer, previously known for serving as Design Director for Ralph Lauren Purple and Black Label, launched his eponymous a.a. collection in 2008. He’s had fashion circles buzzing over his ability to meld an old-school dedication to immaculate tailoring with an exuberant color palette and rather mischievous references. This season it’s luxe urban cowboy. And the next…? Only Antonio knows.