Brooklyn born Mr. Nieves grew up surrounded by many cultures that make up New York City, but kept close to his Puerto Rican roots.
After studying design at The Fashion Institute of Technology, He began his career as a production assistant at Harvè Benard. Wanting to learn everything he could about fashion, he quickly earned his ranks by becoming a Technical Designer, Pattern maker, and then Designer.
Mr. Nieves served as Head Designer for DKNY Jeans, men’s division, along with other numerous freelance collaborations including: patternmaker for Anna Sui, costume design for theatre, and made to measure pieces.
In 2003 he co-founded the women’s contemporary brand Nieves Lavi, and in 2013 founded MR NIEVES. The brands bold approach to classic menswear quickly developed a following among Editors and Retailers.
Vibrant patterns begging for adventure, meet the thoughtful tailoring and clean lines expected of fashion’s tastemakers. Celebrating fashion, music, food and the eccentricities of different cultures has always come natural to him – and MR NIEVES embraces all of that.
MR NIEVES is a culture-hungry explorer with a free spirit. Confident, and not afraid to stand out. Curious about the world around him. Spontaneous, and adventurous. Has a great sense of humor, and ALWAYS gets the joke.
Any man can live in color – MR NIEVES dares to live in print.