After receiving a fine arts degree from Missouri State University, Hannant relocated to New York in 1986 to study at FIT. After graduation he spent several years as a Display Director at Barney's and Bloomingdale's. It was while working at these stores that Hannant noticed a gap in the luxury market.
Hannant launched his first collection in the fall of 1996. It was immediately picked up by Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's and Bloomingdale's.
Douglas Hannant strikes a balance between modernism and romanticism with an ease that is decidedly American. He succeeds in juxtaposing sportswear and couture, day and evening with a youthful regard. Hannant’s designs are simple in shape but rich in fabrication and texture. “The key to my clothes is the balance of sexy and chic.” says Hannant. The new darling of the Park Avenue set, Douglas Hannant understands the transient lifestyle that moves between New York, Palm Beach, Aspen and the Hamptons.
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