Why would a promising designer leave a plumb job with cult designer Robert Geller after just five years? Well, to to set up his own company, for one. And to start creating clothes for his girlfriend.
“It came after years of complaints from my female friends about how hard it was to find great leather jackets. And because my girlfriend was always borrowing my leather jackets,” Peter Nguyen explains to Hint magazine about his latest career move. So the California-born, New York-based designer, who grew particularly fond of leather during his early years with Robert Geller, decided to leave his job to start niche leather goods label Léon.
The line works as such: one archetypal jacket is designed and released every two months. The first one—Leather Jacket No. 1—is a simple, sartorial start, made from 100% lamb leather, 100% cotton lining, with 100% silk charmeuse sleeves. Moreover, each Léon piece is 100% made in Manhattan’s garment district, with reconditioning, relining, and repair for the entire lifespan of the jacket free of charge.