While Germany is not often cited as an epicenter of fashion, the Western European nation has seen an uptick in homegrown talent over the past 10 to 15 years and now boasts more than a handful of streetwear and heritage-based brands making their mark on the industry. Of course luxury players like Jil Sander and Karl Lagerfeld have helped shaped German deisgn both at home and abroad, we want to spotlight a few of the contemporary names that deserve some extra attention. And, while these labels represent a diverse spectrum of aesthetics, from the conceptual German-centric collections of Frank Leder to the on-trend graphic-heavy designs of 032c, nearly all of them share a commitment to high-quality, mostly German manufacturing. Textiles play a major role in the design process for many of the brands—from the subtly technical fabrics of A Kind of Guise to the deadstock and upcycled velvet, PVC and leather favored by GmBH—which results in garments that are harmonious in look and feel. The world-conquering Joerg Koch of the publication turned high-fashion label 032c has even bragged about the “Really great made-in-Germany quality” of his brand’s socks. Continue reading for a look at what Koch and the rest of these German labels are so confident about.

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