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As a 14-year old Boy Scout, Gihan Amarasiriwardena sewed his first windproof jacket out of homemade performance materials. Having studied chemical engineering at MIT and at the Sports Technology Institute, he’s now the Co-founder & CEO of Ministry of Supply, a performance professional menswear brand born out of MIT. As an engineer diving into fashion, he believes something as essential as clothing is one of the most overlooked when it comes to invention and evolution. The challenge is that existing design processes for everyday clothing do not balance the emotional identity we attribute to apparel and its utilitarian purpose. In light of changing and more fluid lifestyles, the merger of fashion and technology can provide us clothing that acts as a tool to connect the parts or our day by integrating technology into the design and manufacturing processes as well as materials.

As an athlete and engineer turned fashion entrepreneur, Gihan Amarasiriwardena seeks to merge art and science through apparel design. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Ministry of Supply, a performance menswear brand born out of MIT.


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Gihan Amarasiriwardena

Gihan Amarasiriwardena

Gihan is co-founder and president of Ministry of Supply, an apparel brand dedicated to making clothing scientifically better through innovative design, cutting-edge manufacturing, and new materials. A graduate of MIT’s chemical engineering program and a tinkerer at heart, Gihan leads design, R&D and product development at Ministry of Supply, and brings his engineering mindset to solving common wardrobe problems. Over the past few years he has consistently put his designs to the extreme test. In 2015, he set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon in a suit, and in 2018 he cycled across America wearing a Ministry of Supply NASA-derived polo design. He was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015.

 

Ministry of Supply has been named to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list for 2021, and winner of their Innovation in Design Awards in 2018 and 2020.