Michael Bastian is a luxury American menswear designer born in Lyons, New York, a small upstate town near Lake Ontario. Upon graduating from Babson College in 1987, he moved to Manhattan, taking his first job as an assistant buyer at Abraham & Strauss. Subsequently taking on roles of increasing acclaim at world-renowned institutions—Sotheby's, Tiffany & Co., and Ralph Lauren—Bastian was appointed as men's fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman in 2000. It was during his five-year tenure there that he was inspired to introduce his eponymous line, Michael Bastian.
In 2007, his first full year in business, Bastian was nominated for CFDA's Newcomer Menswear Designer of the Year.