ABOUT THE BRAND
Romeo Hunte New York is a definitive lifestyle brand created for all women and men who appreciate intricate details. Designed in New York City, the line embodies an aesthetic that is edgy yet sophisticated with a balance of feminine and masculine. The brand emphasizes on impeccable outerwear attire that highlights modern apparel with a chic flair, consisting of a curation of luxurious, transitional yet transformable pieces. The Romeo Hunte woman and man are a dynamic duo; confident, yet innovative with an admirable passion for the arts and pop culture.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Romeo Hunte grew up surrounded by women whose creative approach to fashion inspired him from an early age. Hunte turned down two full athletic scholarships in Track and Field to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He decided to face the challenges of the Fashion Industry by first attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and later launching his independent fashion brand in 2014. By working full time as a personal shopper in luxury retail and with life experiences in editorial styling, Hunte has been able to continue the development of the brand. Hunte strikes the perfect balance between creativity and practicality; which plays a huge role in each collection he designs.
In 2014, Hunte’s first full collection was noticed by Net-A-Porter and Saks Fifth Avenue. Later, both Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman took notice. His first celebrity client was Zendaya; she wore the brand three consecutive times for press week. Later, Beyoncé wore his signature buffalo check shawl and this went viral, following an increase in his e-commerce sales significantly. Also, he had the opportunity and pleasure to create a custom dress for Beyoncé that went viral as well and "broke the internet.". Victor Cruz favored the brand and was spotted wearing a buffalo check shawl in Paris for fashion week. During an interview with Mr. Porter Magazine, Victor Cruz highlighted the buffalo check shawl as being a piece by Romeo Hunte ``that he likes to wear.” Laverne Cox, NBA Athlete, Chris Paul, James Harden, Dwayne Wade, Tobias Harris, Cindy Burna, Hailey Bieber and more all have been seen wearing the brand. Most importantly the brand is also favored by former First Lady of the United States,Michelle Obama that has seen in few of the brand’s pieces.
In 2016, Hunte was mentioned by WWD as “Designer to Watch'' and was honored by Essence Magazine as “Designer to Watch.” Later that year, Teen Vogue took notice and was quoted saying the following about Hunte: “He is well on his way of becoming a household name.” Hunte also has been fortunate to attend the Met Gala consecutively as the brand grew. While the industry continues to take notice of the brand, in 2017, Hunte was nominated as a finalist for the Womenswear Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. In 2019, Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of our denim blazer pieces for her book signing at the Ellen DeGeneres show that broke the internet!
In 2020, as the world came to a halt, Romeo tapped into incorporating archival looks from Tommy Hilifiger. The inspiration for the collaboration came from the idea of reinventing pieces. Deconstructing and giving garments a new storyline has always been part of the Romeo Hunte brand; whether it’s blending denim jackets and blazers to making a dimensional coat that can be worn as a vest, trench and more. In true form, Romeo’s DNA is evenly spread to fit the brand.