LeGrand Leseur Changes the Future of Suits and Tuxedos
by Lena Ma
Men, look at your suits. Women, look at the suits around you. What do you see? Plain, solid, neutral colored suits that blend in the background of the dress shirt and tie worn beneath them. Professional and crisp? Yes, for the most part. Distinct and noticeable? Not really. But wait, far off in the distance, something catches your eye. A unique, but simple dichromatic suit that seems just like any other ordinary suit but for some reason, you find it difficult to look away. You observe features on this suit that separates it from the rest. The colored buttonholes focuses your attention towards the center of the suit and you wonder if the angle of the holes were just mistakes of a seamstress who could not find a ruler. However, you also notice that the cuffs of the sleeves are also at an angle. This suit is not a mistake. This suit is a modern design of the next big thing in men’s fashion. The designer? None other than a native Philadelphian, 24-year old LeGrand Leseur.
LeGrand Leseur began the pursuit of his many passions by pursuing a major in music at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, but shortly after, he decided to chase after his ultimate dream of fashion in attempts to attain the good life. While in college, Leseur already knew his heart belonged to fashion. He started a t-shirt collection featuring his creations and designs to express the talent that is inside him. He soon realized that if he was going to market off a type of clothing, it might as well be one that he actually wears on a daily basis: suits and tuxedos. His ideas and visualizations were so original that after failing to find the styles he wanted in department stores, he decided to create those styles himself.
Many well-known designers are known simply for their names. We spend top dollars for the labels that appear on inside collars of clothing, not for the unique designs that they externally portray. With LeGrand Leseur suits, you pay top dollar for the label and style. No longer will people have to invade your personal space to see who made the suit; they can now notice the colored holes and tilted angles from a more respectful distance and recognize the designer right away. There are two types of designers in this world: those who upgrade on the styles that already exist and those who create their own trends. Being the latter, Leseur puts his vision out there even when no one is looking for it. He does not try to give people what they want and design accordingly. He designs what he wants and people eventually follow. When asked what sets him apart from other fashion designers, Leseur proudly states, “I just don’t care about the trends. I focus on becoming the trend and once you are following, it is too late because I am already onto starting the next trend.”
I am someone who follows fashion trends on a daily basis, but looking at the new arrivals, I see that many of the products play off of what already exists: deeper necklines, more studs and spikes and multicolored plaid. Leseur is able to put his clothing line on a whole new spectrum, giving us not only what we are not following, but also what we never realized we wanted. He tells us, “Figure out what works for you and see if people can accept what you have to offer. You will have to go against the current, but once this is done, you can start finding your own path.”
LeGrand Leseur. Leader. Trendsetter. Inspirational. http://Legrandleseur.com/