Raf Simons has become one of the most influential menswear designers since his debut in 1995. The Belgian designer has introduced new silhouettes and has elevated menswear to a new level of luxury. Challenging the ideas of menswear, Simons often pushes the boundaries in his collections by breaking gender codes, use of new textiles and giving classic staples an unexpected twist. To reach more clienteles, Raf by Raf Simons, a diffusion line was launched in 2005. He also teamed up with Dr. Martens to create a much anticipated limited footwear collection. Simons was appointed as the creative director of Jil Sander in 2005.