It’s not easy to follow Rihanna, but Maxwell Coombs-Esmail and Adam Thomison are up for the challenge.
On Feb. 6, the two designers behind local streetwear label Control Sector will launch their first women’s line at Six:02, Foot Locker’s more upscale Herald Square boutique, a space previously occupied by Bad Girl RiRi’s Fenty Puma wares.
“They’re having us do an entire store takeover,” says Thomison, a 38-year-old native Californian, about Control Sector’s collection of leather crop tops, silky gold “joggers” and a Rihanna-worthy “hoodie dress” with slits up the leg. “We’re superexcited.”
The pair met about five years ago, when they — along with Thomison’s younger brother, Luke — were studying fashion design and merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the Garment District. Coombs-Esmail, a 27-year-old former competitive…