31 December 1969
Aquilano Rimondi, is the brand of the highly talented designer duo Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. Famous for their sophisticated and feminine style, the garments are designed for modern and sophisticated women. Aquilano was born in San Seveero di Puglia and studied at the Rome Fashion and Costume Academy, where he learnt a couturier approach to design. Bologna-born Rimondi attended the Carlo Secoli Institute in Milan, where he learnt a traditional approach to pattern cutting.
The designers met each other while working at MaxMara in 1988. They decided to collaborate on a clothing collection, entered it in a Vogue Italia competition for new designers and won. After years of working for other fashion houses, that the duo made the leap to launch their own line.
In 2004 they founded the brand 6267 together. The name of their first brand, 6267, comes from the number Roberto’s mother wrote on his tanks and shorts when he went to summer camps in Igea Marina. In 2005 they won the competition for young designers Who Is on Next, promoted by Alta Roma and Vogue Italia. Thanks to this award, they presented their collections at Milan’s fashion week. In 2005 Aquilano and Rimondi were appointed as creative director of Malo, the premiere brand for luxury cashmere. Together they presented Malo for its debut show at New York Fashion Week.
In 2008, the pair left Malo and joined Gianfranco Ferre as creative directors of the women’s line. Their collections received mixed reviews, Aquilano and Rimondi decided to promote their own label, "Aquilano.Rimondi", returning to the ideas of traditional tailoring with contemporary concepts. Their collections have seen the designers play with different volumes and cuts, to flatter women’s figures. They presented their first Aquilano Rimondi collection during Milan spring/summer 2009 fashion week. After falling sales at Gianfanco Ferre, Aquilano and Rimondi were dismissed from the label.
Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi are known as designers who focus on quality, fabric, style and fitting. Constantly refining their playful approach to fashion, Aquilano commented to Vogue, “it’s the craftsmanship and the quality of fabric and the sense of colour and sense of art.”
Text Courtesy: CatwalkYourself.com, Zimbio.com
Below Aquilano & Rimondi Collection