Chris Benz may only be 24 years old, but he has been garnering a lot of attention since he debuted his first collection in February at New York Fashion Week.
He studied at Parsons School of Design in New York while simultaneously interning at Marc Jacobs for two years. Upon his graduation in 2004, he was awarded the CFDA Emerging Designer Award.
Afterward, he went to work at J. Crew for a time - and when he was ready to venture out on his own and try his hand at his own American sportswear line, his experience at both Marc Jacobs and J. Crew became readily apparent. I expect big things from this guy!
To see more of Chris Benz's Fall collection (which will be available at Shopbop in August),