The Colorado-based fashion and lifestyle brand INHERENT brought its menswear to Manhattan for an exclusive runway show at New York Fashion Week. INHERENT showcased its Fall Winter 2023 Collection to a packed house at Manhattan Manor in New York City on the evening of February 14. The show was preceded by a star-studded cocktail party hosted by the best-selling author of “The Delmonico Way”, Max Tucci.
Taylor Draper, the C.E.O. of INHERENT, and the rest of the brand’s team collaborated to organize a production that revealed the new Fall Winter 2023 Collection. With spreadsheets of inventory and backup looks on hand, the team was fully prepared to deliver a spirited show for NYFW attendees.
“The vibe was electric. People were excited to see our debut NYFW solo show,” Draper said. “There were about 250 seats available and we had 425 guests in attendance.”
Bringing the Mission to Manhattan
The exclusive INHERENT runway show set itself apart by doubling as a platform to bring awareness to men’s mental health, which is the brand’s foundational mission. Draper founded INHERENT after overcoming one of the darkest periods in his life.
“I realized throughout my mental health journey that caring for myself and my appearance gave me the self-confidence and self-esteem I needed and this story is sewn into every piece,” Draper said.
INHERENT was founded in May 2020, alongside its impactful organization, Foundation by INHERENT. Since then, the brand has grown into a niche of its own by putting forth desirable menswear styles while also empowering men in their journey for mental wellness.
Before the start of the show, audience members were informed of the INHERENT mission statement, as well as relevant statistics related to male suicide rates and men’s mental health.
“What stood out to me the most was the overwhelming amount of positivity for our purpose, men’s mental health. All of the guests really resonated with our purpose,” Draper said.
Insight Into the INHERENT F/W 2023 Collection
INHERENT’s Fall Winter 2023 Collection drew inspiration from traditional English tailoring, New York streetwear styles and ivy league fashion. By blending traditional cuts, modern silhouettes and unexpected textures, Draper cultivated a sophisticated collection of versatile looks. He even took his collection a step further by crafting his designs using sustainable and ethically-sourced materials.
The Fall Winter 2023 collection’s earthy color palette evoked a sense of warmth for the colder seasons. The forest greens, chocolate browns, rusty reds and warm yellows factored into the collection’s vibrancy on the runway.
Between polar fleece textures, cashmere scarves and thick fabrics, each look inspired feelings of comfort and connection. The mix of layering on the runway was also an intentional styling choice by Draper.
“The layering of these pieces is meant to encourage self-expression and individuality, reminding us to embrace our authentic selves,” Draper said.
Before landing in New York, the ultra-prepared Draper was faced with sickness, which heightened his stress going into the show. However, despite the high emotions Draper had going into NYFW, he left with the satisfaction of successfully showcasing his designs and raising awareness for INHERENT’s mission.
“The reviews of the collection itself were outstanding, and the love and support for the clothes were felt,” Draper said. “It was also just so humbling to see the venue completely packed out with people wanting to see our collection.”
INHERENT will continue to promote men’s mental health awareness and serve the men of Colorado and beyond with its menswear apparel and lifestyle accessories.