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The Story


Founded in 2002, rag & bone had one very clear vision in mind: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day. With no formal fashion training, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville set about learning how to make jeans. They believed that denim represented the history, authenticity and fundamentals of classic work wear that they would strive to reflect in their designs.

Beginning in Kentucky, rag & bone surrounded themselves with people who had been making patterns, cutting fabric and sewing their whole lives. Working with these kinds of craftsmen taught them the importance of quality, craftsman-ship and attention to detail early on.

These principles soon became the keystones of the rag & bone philosophy, the definition of what clothing can and should be. With these principles in mind, whenever possible rag & bone produces the majority of their garments in U.S. factories that still sew clothes the same way they did 50 years ago.

rag & bone launched their men's line in Spring 2004 and expanded the label to offer a full women's collection by Fall 2005. The Fall Winter 2007 season marked the introduction of

rag & bone accessories for both men and women, adding a touch of style and distinction to their tailored looks. Guided by a strong British tailoring influence, rag & bone produces classic yet modern sportswear for men and women that is known for being understated and wearable. Each piece, whether it be a tailored shirt or a pair of jeans, is framedby the constants of high quality fabric, classic construction and perfect fit with a handmade feel.

Each season the designers seek out both innovative and classic fabrics, which, when blended together, give rag & bone a modern relevance while retaining a timeless feel. Accordingly, the designers also employ a variety of traditional manufacturers and suppliers, who lend their superb

workmanship and time-honored techniques to the collect-ion, such as Martin Greenfield Tailors of Brooklyn, Norton & Sons of Savile Row and Waterbury Button, the oldest button manufacturer in the US.

In 2006, rag & bone was selected as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award and won the 2007 Swarovski Award for emerging talent in menswear, after also being nominated for that same award in 2006.

In 2010, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were named Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA.

rag & bone is a lifestyle brand, offering men's, women's, footwear and accessories collections which are available at high end boutiques and exclusive department stores worldwide rag & bone also operates four flagship stores, men's and women's, on Christopher Street in NYC's West Village, as well as a SoHo shop at 119 Mercer Street.

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About the name


A century-old British fixture, the rag and bone man was known for practicing the first form of recycling. The rag and bone man would travel by horse and cart (traditionally a Shire or Clydesdale), circling the neighborhood in search of scrap metal, old furniture, wood or anything else that he could sell or reuse to support himself. Children would come running at the shouts of "rag and bone" to collect sweets and candies in exchange for the items they loaded onto his cart.

Garbage collection began to supplant the rag and bone trade by the late 1970s, and today there are very few rag and bone men. As an homage to their pioneering ingenuity and conservation, rag & bone derived their name from this legendary practice.

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Career Highlights

  • 2002
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      Garment manufacturing
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  • 2005
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      February 2005

      Launch of first
      men's collection

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      SEPTEMBER 2005

      First runway collection shown in New York Fashion Week

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      SEPTEMBER 2005

      First women's collection

  • 2006
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      MARCH 2006

      Nominated, CFDA/Swarovski Award, Emerging Talent in Men’s Design

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      JULY 2006

      Nominated, Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award

  • 2007
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      JUNE 2007

      Winner, CFDA/Swarovski Award, Emerging Talent in Men’s Design

  • 2008
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      JANUARY 2008

      Finalist, GQ’s “Best Menswear Designer in America” contest

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      SEPTEMBER 2008

      Opening of women’s store in New York

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      DECEMBER 2008

      Opening of men’s store in New York

  • 2009
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      JANUARY 2009

      Launch of men’s & women’s footwear for Fall/Winter 2009

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      AUGUST 2009

      Opening of flagship store in SoHo, New York

  • 2010
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      JUNE 2010

      Winner, CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year

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      JULY 2010

      Opening of footwear and /JEAN concept store, NoLIta, New York

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      SEPTEMBER 2010

      Launch of Tokyo boutique

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      OCTOBER 2010

      Launch of Upper West Side boutique

  • 2011
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      FEBRUARY 2011

      Launch of the D.I.Y. Project


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