ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Valerie Grapek is a New York City-based menswear designer. She views fashion as experiential, something intimate and personal to each of us, and is inspired by the way clothing makes us feel. Grapek sees fashion design as a tool for curating experiences, and believes it can create a platform for empathy and understanding. Through this lens her work explores the social construction of gender in relation to menswear and womenswear and has a strong focus on quality, craftsmanship, and sustainable practices.
Grapek attended Parsons the New School for Design, where she received a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Communication Design. In 2017 she was a Kering grant recipient and finalist for the Parsons x Kering Empowering Imagination competition, where her work received critical acclaim from a panel of judges that included representation from Milk Studios, Barney's, Vogue, Bergdorf's, actress and activist Hari Nef, and Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas.
Her work has been featured in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Fashionista, and Bullet Magazine.
"Disrupting Stereotypes"- Parsons x AARP (2017)
69th Annual Parsons Fashion Benefit (2017)
"Impact!" – Parsons x Tide, South Street Seaport (2016)
"Beyond" - Parsons Festival (2016)