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Adam Lippes is an American fashion designer. Mr. Lippes is the Founder and Creative Director of the eponymous fashion collection ADAM.

Life and career

Adam Lippes was born December 24, 1972 in Buffalo, New York. Adam attended the Nichols school in Buffalo and studied Psychology at Cornell, from where he graduated in 1994. Upon graduation from Cornell, Adam continued his studies at the American University in Pariswhere he focused on art history and architecture. In 1995 Adam moved to New York, and began his fashion career at Polo Ralph Lauren before moving to Oscar de la Renta, where he was quickly promoted to Global Creative Director becoming one of the youngest to hold this position in the luxury fashion world. From 1996 to 2003, Adam worked closely with Mr. de la Renta on every aspect of the brand, including design, marketing and new business development.

In 2004, Mr. Lippes determined to pursue his dream of designing his own collection launched a collection of cotton basics under the label adampluseve. His desire to “fuse fashion with the perfect white tee” began with a global search for the finest manufacturers of cotton, cashmere, and wool. The Collection of Basics was launched at Saks Fifth Avenue in the spring of 2004, quickly becoming one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” and winning O’s “Real World Style Awards.” As a result of these early successes, the business has evolved from cotton basics into a full sportswear collection for men and women, now known simply as ADAM.

In August 2007, Adam was inducted to the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In September 2007, Adam staged his first formal runway showduring New York’s Fashion Week to great critical review, gracing the cover of Women’s Wear Daily the following day. In the October 2007 issue of Vanity Fair, Mr. Lippes was chosen as a member of their elite list, “The Next Establishment,” named as one of the most important young designers of today. In December 2007, Adam opened his first freestanding boutique in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District where his men’s and women’s collections are currently showcased alongside a selection of hand-picked lifestyle accessories. In October 2008, ADAM opened its second store in Adam’s hometown of Buffalo, New York and recently opened a store in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In 2009, MANGO contracted Mr. Lippes to create limited edition collections for men and women that was sold around the world in over 900 MANGO stores.

Today the ADAM collection is available at the ADAM flagship store located in the meatpacking district of New York City, ADAM’s e-commerce site, and over 250 stores in 10 countries around the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey NY, Intermix,, Neiman Marcus and Lane Crawford.

Adam Lippes is also involved in many charities and is currently the co-chair of the Whitney Museum of American Art and a partner of the New York Humane Society, which inspired his charity event “ADAM loves dogs.” Mr. Lippes is also active in fundraising for the Sandra F. Lippes Foundation at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Mr. Lippes is 35 years old and splits his time between his homes in New York City and the Berkshires.

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Marc Karimzadeh “Design Within Reach” WMagazine

Women’s Wear Daily “ADAM Adam Lippes Resort 2010”

New York Post “Fashion Week”

Christina Caldwell for “Fall Fashion Week 2009” “Look of the Day”

External links

ADAM website

ADAM Collections at



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