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Brooklyn-based Independent Designers.

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists 2015

Design Entrepreneur NYC Winners 2015

International Woolmark Prize US Nominee 2015/16



Established in Brooklyn in 2011 by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt, CADET is inspired by the post-war military academy era.  CADET is a full collection of menswear and womenswear that captures the spirit and nostalgia mid-century America. CADET is a student of precision, focusing on quality and clean lines for a crisp aesthetic that honors classic silhouettes while continuing to push fashion forward with innovative fabrications and techniques.  



CADET has significant editorial and business coverage from traditional and independent press.   In 2014, The New York Times named CADET ‘Designers of the Williamsburg Look.”  That same year, Esquire Magazine sponsored CADET’s first NYFW show for Spring 2015.   CADET has gained additional recognition in 2015 being part of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, the International Woolmark Prize and winning the 2015 Design Entrepreneur NYC award.  CADET has been dressing celebrities like Nick Jonas, Ben Stiller, Daniel Craig, Usher and even Kendall Jenner since its inception.  Raul and Brad of CADET starred in the Fashion Fund television show released on Amazon in Feb 2016.

For Spring 2016, CADET launched their first women’s capsule collection at the request of Anna Wintour for New York Fashion Week.   See the collection here

Born in Mexico City, Raul studied menswear design at F.I.T in New York City graduating in 1995 after winning the Chairman’s Award for best menswear collection. Raul started his career in Technical Design at Abercrombie and Fitch. He went on to transform the fit and construction of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel for Target, Nordstrom, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Steve and Barryʼs, Converse and Club Monaco. Originally from Seattle, Brad previously worked as a technology integration consultant. As co-CEO of CADET, Brad manages the retail operations and contributes to the production side through sourcing, production planning and business development. 


CADET is available at their two retail locations - the flagship store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the East Village as well as   

CADET partnered with Amazon as an exclusive retailor of the men’s and women’s collections for Spring 2016.  For Fall 2016, CADET launched at Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship in New York and Chevy Chase, Maryland as well as SAKS.COM.

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