Unis’ Eunice Lee isn’t one to shout. The Parsons-trained menswear designer—one of the few visible women steadfastly working in the men’s game—makes clothes that are understated and unbranded. “Even the fit is really quiet,” she’s said. So despite being carried by stores like Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, and Fred Segal, holding court in her own Elizabeth Street boutique, and counting the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal as admirers, she’s mostly flown under the radar.
The past year has seen that change somewhat, with her nomination for GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer award this year. But though Unis may be many things, “new” isn’t one of them. The label celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and toasted the occasion with a rager at New York’s Dominion over the weekend. “It’s crazy how time flies—so hard to believe it’s already been ten years,” Lee said with a shrug. Prabal Gurung, Tim Hamilton, Humberto Leon, and half of the men’s editors and stylists in New York—many clad in Unis chinos—came out, as did a surprise guest: Mos (the artist formerly known as Mos Def, pictured, with Lee). The rapper-turned-actor is a longtime fan of the label and, Lee confides, a huge fan of those chinos. Fresh from a performance at Lincoln Center, where he’s starring in the John Guare play A Free Man of Color, he paused the raucous dancing with a serenade, “The Way You Look Tonight.”
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