British born designer, Nigel Curtiss started his eponymous label in 1992, but not before having an already prestigious fashion career. Most notably, Curtiss is known for working with Rei Kawakubo to create the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus line, he put the idea to her of starting a menswear line after seeing the value in creating experimental men's fashion.
Check out our collection of vintage Nigel Curtiss clothing, including this 90s mesh jacket here
All vintage Nigel Curtiss pieces were made in Japan to a high quality, in experimental and innovative fabrics. The list of celebrity clients Nigel Curtiss has dressed in his menswear is varied and extensive, including men as different as Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ozzy Osbourne.
To see an example of Curtiss' minimal yet forward thinking approach to fashion, check out the video below of his fall winter 1995 collection available on Fashion TV's YouTube, featuring Mickey Rourke as a model.
Born in the Italian city of Trieste, Renato Balestra's story is an entertaining one, it has been said that it was fashion that chose Balestra, not Balestra that chose fashion. He originally chose to follow his father's career path by choosing a degree in civil engineering. In the last year of his study in civil engineering, a jovial bet was made between him and his friendsfor him to create a clothing design, so awestruck by his talent, his friends, unknowingly to Balestra, sent his designs to the Chamber of Fashion in Milan where he was invited to show a haute couture collection.
It was from this haute couture collection that he decided to start his own label, where he found international success with clients as diverse as the Queen Sirikit of Thailand and the princess of Jordan to world-renowned actresses and society women. Vintage Renato Balestra are made so incredibly, with a delicate hand and appreciation for a woman's sensuality - the couture dresses you will see in our store are constructed fully by hand, with luxurious, intricate beading in soft silk chiffons and organzas.
To see all of our vintage Renato Balestra dresses click here