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Raf Simons

Antwerp-based Belgian menswear label of designer Raf Simons has produced collections based on music and artistic collaborations.

Vital statistics

  • 1995 Established
  • Private Type
  • Antwerp, Belgium HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Encouraged by Linda Loppa, head of the fashion department at the Antwerp Royal Academy, Simons became a self-trained menswear designer and launched his Raf Simons label in 1995.

Simons' early aesthetic incorporated youth culture from divergent sources, such as the Spring-Summer 2000 collection taking inspiration from both MENSA students and the Gabba youth subculture (a predominantly Dutch and Belgian movement associated with hardcore techno music). Music has formed an integral part of Simons’ work, with references to musical figures such as the Manic Street Preachers's Richey Edwards and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and his Fall-Winter 1998 collection (Radioactivity) featuring members of German electo band Kraftwerk as models.

In 2003, Simons received the Swiss Textiles Award, receiving material benefits at the value of 100,000 euros.

The company was restructured in October 2004 with a distribution deal with Futurenet (Europe and USA) and Mitsui (Asia), followed by a license agreement with Futurepresent (joint-venture of Futurenet and Mitsui Italia). This deal came to an end with the Spring-Summer 2011 collection.

Source: Wikipedia

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