Fueled by his love for both rebellious youth cultures and traditional menswear, he emerges in fashion halfway through the nineties, presenting a radically different image of masculinity. Fusing the energy and singularity of teenage subcultures with the sharpness and precision of classical sartorial craft, the look presented by Raf Simons is both inspired by and designed for confident outsiders.
Raf Simons was born in Neerpelt, Belgium in 1968. He graduates in industrial design and furniture design in 1991 and starts working as a furniture designer for galleries and private interiors. Before this, Raf Simons interned at the design studio of Walter van Beirendonck, working on the presentation and decoration of the van Beirendonck showrooms and collections.
In a radical change of profession, hereby encouraged by Linda Loppa, head of the fashion department of the Antwerp Royal Academy, he becomes a self trained menswear designer in 1995 and launches his RAF SIMONS label.
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