Interview: Aitor Throup
HIS clothes are available within the High Avenue and he’s just landed a prime design role with one of many world’s main sportswear brands.
It’s no wonder that former Burnley schoolboy Aitor Throup is seen as one of the rising stars of British menswear.
He instructed us how his life in Lancashire has impressed his award winning work.
Looking at Aitor Throup’s intriguing sketches and intricate garment designs, you’d think he was born with a pencil in his hand.
And though he has drawn since he was a toddler, Aitor never thought he would grow to be one of the most sought-after young designers in the nation.
Born in Argentina and after quick time in Madrid, on the age of 12, his household moved to Burnley, where his mom still lives. Aitor attended Gawthorpe High school, in Padiham and then Blackburn College — not to review art, however sciences.
Now dwelling in London with his partner Clare, additionally from Burnley, and 10-day-outdated Bramble Lilly, Aitor stated art at college put him off a career in that field.
“At college artwork was never taught in a way I loved art,” says the 28-yr-old.
“They wanted us to do various things like painting and i simply wished to do my sketches. So when i went to Blackburn School I studied numerous random topics not related to art.
“I was by no means certain of what I wanted to do. I did all sorts of jobs together with working at Endsleigh Insurance coverage in Burnley the place I met Clare and at Originals in Burnley. I even spent time in Majorca working in a restaurant.
“Drawing was an enormous interest of mine and I might design comedian type superheroes.
“One day when it was quiet within the restaurant in Majorca I realised I used to be missing Burnley, my pals and household and even the warm clothes I cherished to put on again home.
“I began to draw the characters in different types of clothes and that i realised that perhaps fashion and clothes design was a manner of evolving my drawings into one thing.”
Aitor went on to realize a BA in vogue at Manchester Met College before coaching at the Royal School of Arts (RCA) in London.
His graduate collection — When Soccer Hooligans Become Hindu Gods — received the Worldwide Talent Assist Award in 2006 for graduate assortment of the 12 months.
The collection of designs that made Aitor’s identify was inspired from his youth spent in Burnley. A Burnley FC fan himself, Aitor said: “The city is defined by its individuals, and that i saw these football hooligan types each weekend.
“They dressed in a sure method and that was the premise of my design. It is about making clothes that mould the anatomy.”
Since graduating Aitor has been featured by main fashion magazines and has been approached by many high vogue labels who loved his unconventional style.
Stone Island produced a spread of coats based mostly on his designs which retail at £995 and he collaborated with the label for a catwalk show at Milan Vogue Week.
He has additionally exhibited at London Trend Week, and teamed up with Topman to produce a design for trousers.
However his most exciting collaboration up to now is his current appointment as creative marketing consultant for Umbro, now part of the mighty Nike sports Scone activities empire. Aitor is working on a variety of high secret items.