Timo Weiland Knows What to Wear at ArtBasel This Year

Published on November 26, 2019

The concept of a day-to-night look is not one that you hear much of in menswear. Designer Timo Weiland set out to change that with the return of his eponymous line at New York Fashion Week last June. The legendary trio behind previous Timo Weiland collections — Donna Kang, Timo Weiland, and Alan Eckstein — presented casual suiting with a modern color palette to address a consumer with a taste that is moving beyond the ethos of street wear, a theme that has dominated the landscape of menswear in recent years. 

“People are really returning to the art of dressing and taking pride in what one buys and puts on their body. I want my brand to be what that stands for.”

— Timo Weiland, The Lead.

The new collection takes a playful approach to refined classics like the double-breasted suit, imploring the wearer to swap out the old button up for a graphic tee under a boldly colored jacket. The long awaited breath of fresh air provided by Timo Weiland could not have come at a better time. The traditional suit approach is dying off in favor of a more versatile aesthetic that can be adapted by people from all walks of life.

Timo has spent his hiatus from design to focus on The Lead, a company he co-founded that seeks to bridge the world of fashion with Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs. 

Donna Kang, Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein (left to right).
The Renaissance Man of Menswear

Timo Weiland is known to wear many hats. Originally getting his start in investment banking, Timo enjoys a lucrative career as one of the world’s most sought-after DJs when he’s not reshaping the world of fashion. Alongside his talented design team, Timo participated in the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s fashion incubator program in 2012 and won the CFDA lab grant in 2016. 

With an eye to the future, Timo and his colleague Noah Gellman created their company, The Lead, to be a junction for those on the cutting edge of fashion and technology. The Lead Innovation Summit 2019 featured pioneers in sustainable fashion like Eileen Fisher and footwear disrupter, Allbirds. 

“As an organization, we keep our events curated, exclusive, and focused so that we can remain high touch with the matchmaking and meaningful business connections that can be made between attendees.”

— Timo Weiland, The Lead.

With a select guest list of over 1500 attendees, the conference created conversations around some of the most pressing issues facing retail — and especially fashion — today. Sustainability, social justice, and the impact of artificial intelligence were cornerstones of the summit. 

During Miami Design Week, Timo will be a featured speaker this year at the Grit Daily Art Summit December 6-7. With chilled champagne served right at registration, a limited number of tickets are available for entrepreneurs and artists interested in learning about the future of fashion and its inescapable relationship to art.

Cue the DJ.

Samuel Loetscher is a Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Miami, he currently works in e-commerce and writes about Latin America and South Florida.

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