|Willy Chavarria Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Year of Birth||1967|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Willy Chavarria is an American fashion designer who is known as the founder of his eponymous label (stylized as WILLY CHAVARRIA) as well as for serving as the Senior Vice President of Design at Calvin Klein.
He was born in 1967.
Fresno, Fresno County, California, United States
Willy Chavarria got enrolled at the Academy of Art University (ART U) (formerly known as the Academy of Art College and Richard Stephens Academy of Art), a private for-profit art school in San Francisco, California. He pursued a degree in graphics design.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Hispanic and White)
Willy Chavarria is of Mexican-American descent on his father’s side and has Irish-American roots on his mother’s side.
Willy Chavarria Facts
- When he was in school, he used to work part-time for Joe Boxer in the shipping department. During this job, Willy Chavarria used to spend time working on sketches and designs. He subsequently secured an internship with Nicholas Graham at Joe Boxer.
- Along with David Ramirez, he founded the Palmer Trading Company in New York City in November 2010. The store dealt with both vintage goods and contemporary pieces that complimented its Americana aesthetic.
- Palmer Trading Company collaborated with footwear manufacturer Viberg on an ankle-height derby boot in 2015.
- In 2015, Willy Chavarria launched his own self-titled label and “from his casting to his designs, Mexican American designer Willy Chavarria has always knitted politics into fashion, and fought to see beauty where it is rarely recognized.” His collections went on to be at stocked popular retailers worldwide, such as Barneys, Dover Street Market, Browns, and several others.
- With his distinct interpretation of men’s fashion by mixing race, politics, and s*xuality into graceful and elegant apparel, he has gained fame.
- Willy Chavarria became one of the first New York designers to cast only models of color in his shows as well as used his shows for political expression. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan has stated that Willy “produces some of the most socially engaging runway shows in New York.”
- Nick Remsen has noted that “Chavarria is a smart, worldly creative who knows how to be all-inclusive while still carving out his own distinct M.O.”
- He won the National Award for Fashion Design and Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2022.
- For the Spring 2022 runway collection, Willy Chavarria worked on his signature oversized silhouettes, subversive takes on masculinity, and roots in the Chicano subculture. He stated, “I wanted it to feel like couture, to feel regal… and then to shift that against the toughness of New York.”.
- He has served as a creative consultant for Yeezy Gap.
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