When fashion veteran Shawn Pean decided to move from behind the scenes and into the spotlight to launch his own luxury menswear label last year, many would have thought it couldn’t have been at a worse time. A global pandemic, supply chain delays and quarantine dressing had drastically altered the fashion landscape. But Pean, who started his career as a buyer at JCPenney, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue before moving on to work with luxury brands Valentino and Balmain, saw an opportunity. “The pandemic led to a shift in how people move about their daily lives,” he says. “There’s a lot of things that are fundamentally different and how we dress should reflect it. To me it felt like a modern renaissance was pending and we get to define a totally new tailored segment in fashion.”
How June79 Started a Menswear Renaissance
On the eve of its one-year anniversary, luxury fashion brand June79—and founder Shawn Pean—has plenty to celebrate.