At a glance: Cadet is a military-inspired menswear line that feels fresh and modern, despite their influences from the past.
Who are they? Cadet was founded by partners (in life and business) Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt. Raul is the design brains and muscle in the team, having graduated from FIT in menswear design and won the Chairman’s Award for best collection, and moving on to work with big name brands including Target, Abercrombie & Fitch, Club Monaco and Nordstrom’s. Brad is the business mastermind of the couple, using his years of experience as a ‘healthcare technology integration consultant’ (fancy) where he helped restructure major hospital infrastructure systems across the US and abroad, while at the same time managing a successful high-end online apparel store. Between the two of them they’ve got everything covered, and they’ve got their dog Otto there to support them if they miss anything.
What do they do? Their menswear design aesthetic is based on post-war military academies: on the uniforms, but also thinking what those cadets may have worn when they were out of uniform, out on the town. Still, it’s anything but literal army aesthetic, as the majority of the pieces are super versatile and minimalist, and totally wearable. It feels preppy military, but with an edge, a cool twist. They also made it a priority to design to different body types, so there should be a good fit for pretty much every gent out there. And since they do everything from design to production to retail, the prices stay reasonably within reach.
Editors’ favorites from the line? The Aviator Trouser. That asymmetrical fly is just enough wacky to really elevate the tailored pant. For the even bolder, the Aviator Pant is a marvelous option (and their signature piece), it has the same asymmetrical fly, but is also has custom rib cuffs (made in Minnesota) on the hems, making them perfect for tucking inside your boots.
Where are they based? Raul and Brad live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and they have two brick and mortar stores in New York – one in the East Village and one in Williamsburg. Their goods are all manufactured in their own factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn, that they started for the specific purpose of producing ethically and locally, and being able to be involved in the process on a daily basis.
What materials do they use? The usual suspects here, wool, cotton, denim (including Japanese selvedge denim), and some poly blends.
Where can I get the goods? On their website. Or, if you find yourself in New York, check out their brick and mortar stores in the East Village and in Williamsburg.