Josh Bennett grew up in Pennsylvania, where he learned to knit from his grandmother when he was 8 years old. After a short time, he stopped, because boys don’t knit. He then got interested in musical theater, because apparently, all boys sing and dance. In 2000, Josh worked at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, where he picked up knitting again from the cast members in the show, and he hasn’t stopped since. After moving to New York City in 2001 and knitting constantly, Josh worked at a yarn shop on the Upper West Side that wrote custom patterns for their customers. Noticing the lack of menswear patterns being designed and published, he took his pattern-writing skills and set out to change that. Josh has collaborated with CFDA Award-winner Michael Bastian on a hand-knitted line; Michael Bastian by Josh Bennett sold in stores worldwide. They have also worked together on projects for the Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum, Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber, and a fashion helmet for the NFL/Bloomindale/CFDA Super Bowl XLVIII collaboration, which was auctioned off for the NFL Foundation. He was the senior men’s sweater designer at Tommy Hilfiger and has also designed knitwear for GANT by Michael Bastian, Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva, Rowan Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and many other knitting publications. He recently created an exclusive capsule collection of men’s hand-knitted sweaters for Bergdorf Goodman. Josh studied menswear design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). For more info, visit JoshBennettNYC.com.