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Emily Adams Bode

Designer, Bode

The first female designer to show at NYFW Men’s, her use of thrifted materials evokes a unique nostalgia that has caught the industry’s eye and scored her a spot at Paris Fashion Week.


Emily Adams Bode is a menswear designer behind her eponymous brand Bode. First launched in 2016, Bode began as a couture studio producing pieces one by one in a way that resembled an artist’s output, but in 2018 Bode debuted became the first female designer to show at New York Men’s Week with a presentation. In June 2019, she staged her first runway show at Paris Fashion Week Men’s. Bode is lauded for her ingenious use of thrifted materials and rejigging of the American fashion vernacular.

Bode was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and, after studying in Switzerland, she moved to New York and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College with a BA/BFA dual degree in menswear design and philosophy.

Her collections find their home in a concept or a muse that goes against notions of mass production and market briefs, and Bode often expresses a sentimentality for the past through the study of personal narratives and historical techniques. Each piece of clothing is tailor-made in New York and New Delhi, and the brand is stocked at over 30 retailers including Moda Operandi, Browns, MatchesFashion and Bergdorf Goodman.

In 2018, Bode was awarded runner-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the following year won the Emerging Designer of the Year title. Forbes also added her to their “30 Under 30” list in the Art & Style category. In 2021, Bode was awarded Designer of the Year by the CFDA.

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