20 Trendsetting and Influential People of the Youth [Style & Design]


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Every year, there is always a new addition to the world of style thanks to the seemingly powerful youth. Whether it’s an influence or trend, it can take someone a long way.

The individuals in this list were carefully chosen based on the impact or influence they have or have yet to establish in the modern world of style and design. This means, if you are a musical artist that has played a major role in the fashion industry, you might just be on this list. If you are a fashion designer that has influenced what we see online or even in stores, you might just be on this list. If you aren’t a designer but your style is influential and you’ve impacted thousands with your inventory, you might even just be on this list.

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Occupation: Designer, photographer, filmmaker, creative director

Known for: NOBLESSE ATELIER, style

Jeff Tang kicks off our list at number 20 for a few reasons: he has turned the heads of many in the fashion world with his minimalistic style, he is in the midst of setting trends in the means of fashion and film, and his clothing brand Noblesse Atelier has been quite successful since its launch only few years back.

At only 17 years old, Jeff Tang has made a nice name for himself with his clothing and photography work. Currently, he is working on an experimental short film as a part of his brand’s film platform Noblesse De Cinema. There is no question as to whether or not we need to keep our eyes on this young visionary.

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Occupation: Designer, creative director

Known For: Blur Visuals Co., style

This young designer has every right to be on this list. LoLo is the founder and creative director of Blur Visuals Co., another fine premium streetwear line. From showing off his upcoming collection on the runway to his “Human Commodity” clear rain jacket becoming a massive hit, LoLo is truly on a road to success.

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Occupation: Designer, model, photographer, philosopher

Known for: “Emotionally Unavailable” cap, philosophy, Lord Captures, style, the Jake Lord brand

19 year old Jake Lord made quite the splash in the world of creativity last year with his high quality photography work and clothing. Being an intern at NYFW for the past 3 seasons and practically living around high quality clothing, Jake Lord’s knowledge regarding style is off the charts. However, Jake is not only recognized for his top of the line original clothing, style and designs, but his wisdom and philosophy. The young creative has received a following of almost 8k, including Ian Connor, Glyn Brown, Luka Sabbat, and even the rap group A$AP Mob on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

In March of 2015, Jake released his “Emotionally Unavailable” cap which sold out in under 6 hours. As of now, the artist is working on creating his own exclusive brand which will be entitled Jake Lord. To attain some of Jake’s exclusive pieces, follow him on Twitter or Instagram, where he will be making a majority of his announcements.

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Occupation: Designer, creative director


Kaelin Davis and his girlfriend are the two designers behind LXRY APPVREL, premium streetwear clothing brand based in Atlanta, Georgia. His brand made headlines — so to speak — after the release of his game-changing collection entitled “Because, art.”. The collection consisted of 4 George Condo inspired parkas of different colorways, and it was an immediate hit. We sure hope Kaelin will continue to surprise and bless the fashion world with more clothing in the future!

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Occupation: Designer, creative director

Known for: Pas De Faux Clothing, West Coast Customs, style

Not only is he the son of the founder and CEO of luxury automotive restyling center West Coast Customs, but he is creative director and CEO of his own company, Pas De Faux Clothing (aka PDF Clothing). Ryan Friedlinghaus Jr. has worked with only the finest in the business and he produces only the finest in the business. Ryan takes trendy pieces and adds his own spice, which is what grabs the attention of his customers.

If you are one of his 50k followers on Instagram and Twitter, you know that Ryan’s style is not to be tested. On an average day, Ryan wears around… well, every fucking high end designer ever in existence. There is such variety in his style and this shows in the clothing he designs. His latest collection is entitled Confessions, and can be seen here.

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Occupation: Model, designer, stylist, blogger

Known for: Yeezy Season 1, the Spencer Lee brand, VFILES, style

Ah, Spencer Lee. Again, no question as to why he’s here. Of course, the teenage designer, model, stylist and blogger is known for accomplishing multiple things. For example, most recently, Lee was a model in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 show. Lee’s End of the Century collection was featured in the VFILES store in NY. Let’s see what else… Oh yeah, and he tends to hang out on stage with Miley Cyrus sometimes, and he also styles Rae Sremmurd.

Other than all these radical achievements and opportunities, Spencer Lee has also made a name for himself thanks to his personal style. Lee rocks a casual, yet very stylish look. Known for his military boots and distressed style, Lee’s taste in clothing is one for the books.

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Occupation: Designer, organization of crazy underground parties in Paris

Known for: NASASEASONS, music, style

Responsible for the NASASEASONS movement, Millinsky is taking the world of style, art and music by storm. There are certain signs that tell someone they’ve gone far in life. For Millinsky, one of many signs is the fact that he can text Kanye West and hang with Virgil Abloh or Theophilus London if necessary. Another sign can be that he has started a movement with over 30,000 followers worldwide and counting.

The 18-year-old visionary will not stop until he has impacted and reached millions… billions… shit, what am I kidding; he won’t stop.

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Occupation: Stylist, model, lifestyle blogger

Known for: Styling: Kendrick Lamar for Kanye’s “Yeezus Tour”, Jason Kennedy for Glamour Magazine, Wiz Khalifa for KK feat. Project Pat and Juicy J, herself

All folks interested in becoming a stylist, model, or even a well-rounded lifestyle blogger, take notes from Aleali May. This talented individual has worked with stars upon stars. From Kendrick Lamar to Jason Kennedy, Aleali May has styled them all. She has also worked with Audi USA and has been featured in an ad for Billionaire Boys Club. Although her portfolio is overflown, she continues to fill it.

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Occupation: Designer, creative director

Known for: LOVE/ENVY, #SaveTheArts, style

Always working, never slacking, keeping it moving, and sparking trends. Those are just a few ways to describe designer Blake Minto. You may know about the #SaveTheArts movement and collection from Twitter or other social media. What a hit, right? Guess who was behind all that? Blake Minto. Guess who else hand-distressed almost 500 denim products all by himself to make the people happy? Blake Minto.

Since the release of his most highly anticipated #SaveTheArts denim collection, Blake Minto has been everywhere. Minto has received cosigns from Travis $cott and Diplo in return for his hard work and dope results. Who knows where else the successes of the collection could take this young designer? So far it’s been nothing but greatness.

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Occupation: Designer, ART’trepreneur, store owner

Known for: 448c, style

It all started with a $5000 endorsement check. Now, those $5000 have been flipped into many-thousands of dollars (maybe a million), a clothing brand, and a store in New York City for young entrepreneur and designer Glyn Brown. As founder and creative director of 448c, Glyn Brown has introduced a new style and aesthetic. The designer has emphasized on distressing, minimalistic designs, and a philosophy that he incorporates in his clothing. Brown has recently opened a store in NY where his clothing can be purchased in a more person-to-person fashion, rather than online. I guess what we all should be saying to Glyn Brown is not only thank you, but congratulations.

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Occupation: Product specialist, retail consultant, vlogger, designer

Known for: AlwaysFreshApparel, editorials w/ clothing brands, promotional work

Jacob Keller is best known for styling the world. I mean, think about it. He takes his clothing rack, his camera, and he films himself talking in-depth about dope clothing. People watch him on his channel and say “Hey, I could wear that!”, then then purchases the clothing recommended to them by this dude on YouTube who really knew what was talking about. I call this a world stylist. But, sitting and explaining his clothing rack to thousands of people isn’t all 22-year-old Jacob Keller does.

Keller is frequently commissioned to shoot editorials for big brands and designers. He has also designed clothing for collaborations. His most recent design project was to design 6 pieces for Everard Best’s Lease on Life Society capsule collection. Keller has shot editorials for Finish Line, Represent Clothing and personally generated almost $50,000 in sales for menswear boutique Machus during a retail consult and implement promotional campaign. What else have you done, Jacob?

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Occupation: Designer, co-owner

Known for: Lease on Life Society, style

Everard Best is doing his Everard best (yes, I just did that) with his clothing brand. The co-owner of the high quality, abstract clothing brand Lease on Life Society made a name for himself this past year after being one of the most slept on designers. Now, with the help of his father, Nigel Best, working as the other half of the brand, they have both created one hell of a line and attracted one hell of an audience.

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Occupation: Film director, musician

Known for: Uzi, “Money”, music, style

That cool dude with the green hair and camcorder has made a fantastic name for himself over the years. Although many may think that name is Uzi, it’s actually Gabe. He is 1/2 of Uzi, which is a music duo. Uzi is known for his many music projects and directorial work. The duo is also recognzied for their modern pioneering of VHS and dope music. Their musical talents have brought multiple opportunities to their table including working with Travis $cott, Kid Cudi, and even opening for Wiz Khalifa. Who knows how many other amazing opportunities lie in the way of Uzi. What can’t they do?

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Occupation: Photographer, blogger

Known for: Places+Faces, photography, style

You’ve most likely heard of Places+Faces. The episodic webseries and movement documenting the hottest shit happening in NY, London, Paris, or pretty much anywhere around the world. This is all thanks to one man — Solomon Boyede. The genius behind Places+Faces keeps it very lowkey that he’s the one behind the iconic concept, but there is no question as to whether or not he and the idea of Places+Faces is genius. The movement has amassed a following of over 20,000 strong, and it continues to grow everyday.

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Occupation: Model, stylist

Known for: Yeezy Season 1, style, photoshoots, magazine features

The new “It” boy Luka Sabbat is whom every young, stylish man wishes they were and who every girl wishes they had. I said that right, right? The point is, this young man has accomplished more at 17 than some 37 year olds. For example, he is in almost every fucking fashion magazine in the history of ever, he has modeled for Kanye West in the Yeezy Season 1 show, he also ate dinner with Kanye West, he is a stylist, he’s doing photoshoots everyday, and his style is just on another level.

Luka Sabbat has a following of over 106,500. If you look at all he has done in his career then check his social media numbers, it’s safe to say he is indeed the new “It” boy.

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Known for: Art, designing, not giving a fuck, style

He doesn’t own a brand. He’s not a photographer. He’s not even a model. He’s simply just 16 year old Austin Butts (aka Asspizza). While being Austin Butts, he has set a trend for not giving a fuck. At all. An average day in the life of Austin is the teenage dream: having a lot of money, taking Ubers to random places, buying shit he doesn’t need, hanging with friends and just living the life. What more could a kid ask for?

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Occupation: Designer

Known for: Summer Note cap, the Gianni Mora brand

Gianni Mora is probably one of the most trendsetting teenagers of today. Why is that? He could be the one responsible for the huge cap pandemic that took over the last few months. That’s right, the famous “I think about you sometimes…” cap is most likely what started it all. After the cosign from Ian Connor and Wiz Khalifa last year, this 17 year old kid from California was instantly making more money and gaining more fame than the kids who messed with him and their parents combined. Wow.

Fast forward a year later, Gianni Mora has a well established brand where he designs and sells clothing and caps. Over the past year, the young designer has gained a fanbase of over 24,000 followers. His tweets and the personality he portrays online is either liked or disliked, but either way, Gianni couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of him. And honestly, that’s the best way to go about it.

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Known for: Being Ian Connor

The proclaimed “King of the Youth” has been making headlines, magazine appearances and even clothing since he first entered the scene only a few years ago. It is safe to say that Ian is way ahead of his time, with his mature taste and mindset. Connor has scored multiple modeling and styling gigs, mainly with Wiz Khalifa and father figure A$AP Rocky. The 22 year old has amassed a following of almost 300,000 and impacted the lifestyle of many. And by “impacted the lifestyle of many”, of course I mean there are thousands of dudes trying to copy the style that only Ian Connor can successfully pull off.

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Occupation: Rapper, producer

Known for: Music, style

The 22 year old rap-rockstar has raised the bar high not only in music, but also in fashion. His personal style is on another level compared to many and he makes it look like it’s nothing. He can be recognized for shining a new light on the Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby collection last year and gathering hype around the high-end designers in the hip hop world. The Houston native will continue to shine and bring new sounds, style, and trends to the world.

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Known for: Music, style, Supreme hype

Tyler, The Creator is simply one of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Tyler has achieved so much in his life for himself, his friends, and a shit-load of other people. With inspiration coming from Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Eminem, and plenty of other artists, it is safe to say he has what it takes be a genius. As for trends, what trend has Tyler not set?

First of all, Tyler, The Creator is the one who shined a new light on the world renown NY streetwear brand Supreme. I guess you could say he made it cool for the kids. Not that Supreme wasn’t already cool, he just made it cooler. Second, Tyler’s sound and production is like none other, and many rappers/producers take that and try to make it their own. The Golf Wang leader has set trends in so many areas, it’s getting hard to keep up! Lastly, Tyler is well known for his wild behavior and vivid sense in style. The printed tees, the vans, the snapbacks, the no-fucks-given attitude; all of that was Tyler and his gang. So, if not Tyler, the number one trendsetter and influential member of the youth should be the entire Golf Wang roster.


Cut x Sewn Magazine Founder & Creative Director.

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