Richard Saturnino Owens, better know as Rick Owens, has turned his darkly glamorous post-apocalyptic take on gothic grunge (a highlight of the Paris ready-to-wear schedule) into a respectably sized business, built largely around his signature leather jackets. In addition to his main line, Owens has a furniture line and creates collections for Revillon and his diffusion line DRKSHDW.

Having dropped out of Otis College of Art and Design, Owens took a course in pattern cutting at Los Angeles’ Trade Technical College. A scarcity of work led to Owens accepting a position cutting patterns for illegal copies of designer clothing. In 1994 he began his own label, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, one of LA’s hippest and most directional retailers. In 2001, the designer sought international expansion and agreed a distribution deal with Eo Bocci Associati; as a consequence the designer’s production relocated to Italy.

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