Established in 2011 by longtime friends and New York City natives Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper, Rochambeau is a menswear brand that draws inspiration from the energy of the city the designers hail from. Observing a void in progressive menswear in the U.S. market that strayed from prominent heritage brands, Chandler and Cooper looked to European designers to inform their brand. Upholding authenticity as a guiding principle in their design process, the duo focuses on their core consumer associated with the downtown culture they grew up with.
Each piece the brand creates contains a custom element, whether it be in embroidery or specialized materials to set it apart from what already exists in the market. The resulting collections evoke a spirit of nonchalance with airy proportions and clean lines. In 2016, Rochambeau was named a finalist for the CFDA Fashion Fund, and winner of the US Woolmark Prize.