Band of Outsiders founder Scott Sternberg has achieved industry wide recognition for his preppy take on vintage inspired clothing and unconventional brand promotion. Launched in 2004, Sternberg’s off-beat menswear collection garnered instant interest and attracted buyers from Barneys New York , Jeffrey’s and Ron Herman. In 2009 Sternberg was jointly awarded the CFDA Best Menswear Designer award, and in 2011 was selected as a guest designer at the Pitti Uomo collection. In February 2013, Sternberg also announced the brand’s first external investment from an as yet unnamed source.
Expanding Band of Outsiders with a number of additional lines, Sternberg’s first womenswear range ‘Boy’ launched in 2008, offering a masculine range of shirts and pin-striped trousers, with a second line ‘Girl’ launched shortly after in 2010, with a more feminine and folky aesthetic. In 2010 the label also launched a range of fitted Polo Shirts under ‘This is not a Polo Shirt’.
A graduate of Washington University with a degree in economics, Sternberg’s first encounter with fashion came whilst working as a product consultant for Target and Wal-Mart, through a company founded by Hollywood producer Cary Wood. Working alongside budding young designers helped Sternberg hone his own identity and the idea for his own label was founded shortly after. Prior to his work with Cary Wood, Sternberg worked as an agent at Hollywood based talent agency CAA.