Frank Leder is a fashion designer based in Berlin. While studying at Central Saint Martins, Leder contributed as an art director and stylist to magazines such as i-D and Sleazenation and also began to develop his own brand. His garments are rooted in German history, making references from workwear to traditional men’s tailoring. Collection themes include the personal histories of his father and grandfather, and subcultures of traditional German society such as protesting students, small town fire brigades, and working men. His collections are also produced in Germany and use many local German fabrics and textiles, such as Deutschleder and Schladminger, which have come to be signature pieces for the Frank Leder design label.
From 1999 to 2002, Leder regularly showed at London Fashion Week before moving to Berlin, and subsequently presenting his collection at Men's Fashion Week in Paris. In 2001 Leder was awarded the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award. Frank Leder’s womenswear line was launched in 2004, which he created in collaboration with his wife Maki Inagaki, although now the brand focuses only on menswear.
Leder also works and collaborates with German photographer Gregor Hohenberg. In addition, Leder designs limited furniture pieces, design objects and interiors for selected clients. Leder is also a guest lecturer at universities throughout Germany. He and his work have been featured in two Hywel Davies publications, Modern Menswear and 100 New Fashion Designers.