Middleman was founded by Kyle Julian Skye Muhlfriedel and Clif Shayne, its inception based on a single shared principle: a fanatical obsession with tracking down the rarest, slickest clothing they can find.

The pair sees their stock as a secret handshake, a nod to a knowledge and love of the greatest menswear ever made. If you’re here, browsing our meticulously picked selection of 100 garments, welcome to the club.

In full disclosure, there was no overarching theme which guided this roster’s construction, yet, when looked upon as a whole, it tells a rather complete picture of men's fashion that stretches from the 1980s and into the 21st century. It pits what Raf Simons did in the late-'90s against Hedi Slimane's work for Dior Homme in the early-2000s.

Thinking on the cyclical nature of fashion design, Ann Demeulemeester was producing work inspired by Rimbaud and Baudelaire, who guided the music of Richard Hell and Patti Smith, who in turn influenced Simons and Slimane. Designers do not exist in a vacuum, and the oft-unnoticed interplay amongst shared influences is made clear when seen from the wide angle perspective provided here.

Among the pieces we’re most excited to put up for sale include the Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2004 shearling parka, the Raf Simons Fall/Winter 2005 "Poltergeist" sweatshirt, the diamond-encrusted necklace and ring released in honor of Maison Margiela’s 20th anniversary and the Kapital wool collar Ring Coat. The selection of Kapital holds a special place in Middleman's heart, with the duo tracking down some truly special pieces from the Japanese label.

This is the pair’s first release, and while it is robust, it’s certainly not Middleman’s last. Starting next week, Middleman will release a selection of new items on its webstore every single Friday. In the days leading up to the release, the respective pieces will be previewed on the Middleman Instagram. Stick around, the party’s just getting started.

Artistic Director: Kyle Julian Skye Muhlfriedel

Photographer: Ian Lipton

Stylist: Clif Shayne

Photo Editor: Henry Egan

Models: Clif Shayne, Ian Atol, Chandler Lucy

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