I had the pleasure of meeting up with Lee Norwood and Antonio Ciongoli of the Rugby RL design team today, and got a sneak peek at the ’09 Holiday collection. Lee is a great guy that I first got to know back in my Polo days, and now he’s leading the design charge at Rugby with a very capable group of young talent. The product is very strong, and there’s an edginess that makes it more than just vintage collegiate/sportsman. There are lots of cool, subtle details that the pictures just don’t do justice–
But those will have to wait until we are closer to the release date. I don’t want to spoil the fun. I hope to circle-back with Lee soon to get more insight into his philosophy on the Rugby brand, the design process, what it’s like working for Ralph, and menswear as a whole.