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12 Best Fashion Releases of 2022 | Man of Many

To arrive at this list of products, the Man of Many team went through hours and rigorous testing, implementation and analysis before culling it down to the very best. Over the last 12 months, we’ve worked on curated products that push boundaries and pioneer new fronts, across the automotive, fashion, lifestyle and technology verticals. Sure, we love getting the latest piece of kit in our hands, but being able to point out the benefits and shortfalls objectively is at the heart of what we do.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Fashion Products of 2022

Our list of the best fashion product releases of 2022 includes the following:

Best Fashion Products of 2022

The Nike Air Force 1 is a sneaker that needs no introduction, with no sneaker in history as widely appreciated as a pair of white on white AF1’s. Enter: the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 collaboration with renowned American designer Virgil Abloh. Originally, there were just 200 of these AF1’s auctioned off at an exclusive Sotheby’s auction, amassing USD$23.5m in sales. Then LV announced the shoe would see a global online release, with still only a limited number for sale. Retail prices started at AUD$4000 for the low-top, with colours including white low and mid, black suede, and flashier pairs in gold and multi-colour.

1. Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1

Crew’s Fall 2022 collection, led by designer Brendon Babenzien of Supreme and Noah fame, seriously flew off the shelves. The collection drew inspo from early Ralph, as well as the likes of Aime Leon Dore, Our Legacy, and Corridor. What’s most impressive about this collection was how Babenzien was tasked with the almost-impossible mission of reviving the J.Crew brand from bankruptcy filings in 2020, but boy did he succeed. His first collection returns to the root of what made the brand special, addressing the poor quality materials that pretty much ruined the brand’s reputation in the first place. 

2. J.Crew’s Fall 2022 Collection

We love brands that are working towards a zero-carbon future, and Nike is one of the latest fashion conglomerates to jump on the sustainability train. The Nike Forward apparel collection is centred around the classic Nike grey hoodie and uses state-of-the-art material to create clothing that’s stylish, functional, and most importantly, sustainable. The sustainable hoodie was the product using Nike Forward material and is made with at least 70 per cent recycled content representing Nike’s most significant apparel innovation since Dri-Fit. 

3. Nike Forward

The adidas x Gucci collection was one of the highlights in both women and men’s fashion in 2022. It’s a match made in heaven and not your typical collab, which only usually features a few designs. This collab, however, saw designer Alessandro Michele Gucci-fy several adidas classics, from adidas Gazelle sneakers stamped with double-G logo, to clogs that feature the adidas Trefoil. From luxe hoodies to high-end tracksuits, to flared trousers, pencil skirts and beyond, this collaboration was truly fire.

4. Gucci x adidas

 “You’re wasting your life” (geddit?) if you didn’t immediately run out and grab a Breitling Chronomat B01 42 ref. AB0134101B1A1 with reissued “Rouleaux” bracelet that’s steeped in Seinfeld folklore. Modelled by none other than Jerry Seinfeld himself, the 68-year-old rocked the Breitling for Kith’s Fall 2022 collection, with the watch harking back to a Chronomat ref. 81950A that kick-started his appreciation for the brand during season 6 of the show. Enough about the watch, however, Seinfeld’s role in the Kith collection showed off a brand at the peak of its powers. From the effortlessly cool ’90s-inspired logo bomber to the swathe of New York themes headwear, Christmas came early with this range. Or at least, a festivus for the rest of us. 

5. Jerry Seinfeld for Kith

Dubbed ‘Backyard Legends’, the 2002R forms was one of the best sneaker collabs to come out of 2022. Melbourne staple Up There Store gained global recognition via its collaboration on the New Balance 2002R in June this year. Dubbed ‘Backyard Legends’ the 2002R translates Aussie’s love for backyard sports and a relaxed lifestyle, with the sneaker featuring technical panelling and N-ergy infused sole to bring comfort to the forefront as always. There’s even Backyard Legends II, which dropped on December 9th, just in case you missed out on the OG release. It’ll set you back a decent AUD$250, the same price as the originals. 

6. Up There x New Balance 2002R

In 2022, French fashion label Moncler celebrated 70 years in business, and to celebrate, released a reimagined version of its cult classic Maya jacket. First released in 2009, the Maya puffa jacket became an instant icon in the world of outerwear. It truly set the world on fire in 2016 with a little help from hip-hop star Drake, who wore a cherry-red Moncler Maya in the video for “Hotline Bling.” Lovingly reimagined in thirteen outdoor-inspired hues, ranging from metallic platinum to vivid pastels to earthy tones, the Maya jacket remains as popular and striking as ever.

7. Moncler Maya 70 Collaborations

First rumoured in March 2022, the Air Jordan 1 High OG “Lost & Found” has been one of the most important sneaker releases in 2022. Originally designed by Peter Moore in 1984 and last released in 2015, the Air Jordan 1 Chicago is one of the most sought-after sneakers of all time. What’s special about Lost & Found? Well, while all AJ1 High releases garnered a significant amount of hype, the L&F goes one step further, acting as a recreation of the original 1985 “Chicago” colourway. The L&F is the most accurate version of the ‘85s pair yet, designed to look like it’s been sitting in a box for 37 years. It’s a true collector’s dream. 

8. Air Jordan 1 ‘Lost and Found’

We absolutely frothed over the Samsung AirDresser, which is why it deservedly made our list of the best men’s fashion in 2022. While it did set buyers back a cool AUD$2,899, we reckon the price tag is worth it for having your own personal dry cleaner at home (kind of). The revolutionary clothing care system uses optimised air and steam to remove up to 99.9% of certain bacteria, dust, and allergens, and even neutralises up to 99% of odours. Basically, it keeps your clothes fresh, sanitised and winkle-free between washes. A must-have accessory, in our opinion.

9. Samsung AirDresser

Possibly winning the top men’s fashion moments in 2022, Tom Sachs’ latest NikeCraft sneaker legit took out a full page ad in the New York Times to tell us how boring they are. What!? Officially referred to as the NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe (GPS) the sneaker is intentionally boring, simple, and something that sneakerheads couldn’t wait to add to their collection when it released in June 2022. The GPS embodied the idea that your shoes should be the least important decision you make each day, hence the plain but equally cool and trendy design.

10. Tom Sachs NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe

You can see this best men’s fashion for 2022 list has a lot of sneakers – hey, we love our footwear and there’s no shame in that. That’s why we absolutely loved the LG Styler ShoeCase. LG threw its hat in the steam cleaning tech ring with the release of its ‘Styler’ range that includes a ShoeCase and ShoeCare line-up. From the LG ShoeCase with transparent panels which are not only a space-friendly but a genius way to display shoes, The LG Styler ShoeCare solution refreshes the shoes whether they’re leather, suede, or sports footwear with 10 cycles of steaming to choose from, this product changed the shoe storage game. 

11. LG Styler ShoeCase

The Nike Dunk Low in black & white or ‘Panda’ as they’ve been lovingly nicknamed was one of the most popular and sought-after sneakers in 2022. First released in October 2021, the shoe continued to re-release monthly, continuing into this year. It quickly became the modern-day equivalent of the Nike AF1, fast becoming the sneaker of choice for sneakerheads across the globe. Fans love the shoe for its simple colourway that goes with just about any outfit, making it an extremely versatile men’s fashion staple to add to your collection. 

12. Nike Dunk Panda

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