Michael Bastian is an American fashion designer born in Lyons, New York. After graduating from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he moved to New York City, where his first job was as an Assistant Buyer at Abraham & Strauss. This was followed by positions within Sotheby’s, Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren, and most recently, Bergdorf Goodman, where he was the men’s fashion director for five years. It was this experience that led Bastian to launch in 2006 his own men’s wear line.
Bastian is a resident of New York City
Bastian’s namesake line is currently carried in over 50 retail locations in North America, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East. It was produced under a licensing agreement with Italian cashmere label Brunello Cucinelli. The agreement was terminated at the end of 2010.
In 2010, a collaboration with GANT was launched. The line, GANT by Michael Bastian, has since expanded to include womenswear. The collection is distributed in over 60 countries worldwide, in both GANT stores and independent retailers.
In 2011, Michael Bastian launched two new collaborations: with Randolph Engineering under the name Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering, and with Brazilian brand Havaianas. Bastian created a collection of 15 variations on current and vintage Randolph Engineering models for the label. For Havaianas, Bastian created 4 limited edition styles under the name Havaianas + Michael Bastian