PARIS, Apr 27, 2004 (Updated Feb 24, 2009) / FW/ —- The Parisian designer, Pierre-Henri Mattout, was born in France to a four-children family, among whom, his identical twin brother Jérôme.As a child his parents, moved the family to Algeria in northern Africa. That experience created a peculiar environment for the young, Pierre-Henri. He grew up with a unique blend of rigour and Eastern traditions. The fascinating history of his family is an evergreen source of inspiration from which he has been able to draw ideas instrumental in the creation of his collections.
Pierre-Henri launched his career in fashion thanks to an internship at Cacharel. His mentor there was Atsuro Tayama to whom he credits with having taught him much as a designer and creative talent. Later, Pierre-Henri Mattout became a Design Assistant at Christian Dior Monsieur, where he remained for three years.
In 1995, Pierre-Henri went to New York to study fashion. Fate led him to a chance meeting with the grand couturier, Christian Lacroix! Seizing the rare opportunity, the young Pierre Henri-Mattout boldly showed his new men’s collection to the couture star. That meeting was a pivotal moment in the life of the young designer and proved to be a true boost of confidence. The master, the great Lacroix encouraged him to not only keep up the good work, but to launch his own label.
Subsequently in 1998, Pierre-Henri’s men’s collection was ready for the test: a preview by Christian Lacroix! The results from that preview formed the basis of his first collection, rich in inspirations through his family’s experiences in Algeria.
The Pierre-Henri Mattout collections move increasingly towards men who continually seek out elegance, quality and clothes rich in refinement and grace and that perfectly match individual personality.
In 1999, the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine named Pierre-Henri Mattout as one of France’s promising, new designers.
The first collection was sold to Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Today, Pierre-Henri Mattout’s collections are also available at Liberty of London, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Le Bon Marché in Paris, as well as in some of the most exclusive department stores and boutiques throughout the world.
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