7 Things To Know About Milan's Hottest New Designer

Meet Arthur Arbesser, your new favourite man

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Born in Vienna, based in Milan and educated at London's Central Saint Martins, Arthur Arbesser is the designer everyone has got on their watch list.

With his bold print, geometric shapes and bright colour palette, Arthur's unique aesthetic has won him a legion of fans and a place on the finalist list for the prestigious LVMH Young Designer's Prize.

He's also the guy that invited the fashion pack to an abandoned former bakery (that once made bread for northern Italy's troops) to view his latest collection in the freezing cold.

Arthur Arbesser by Matthias Aschauer
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From cutting his teeth at Armani - where he trained for seven years - to setting up his own eponymous label in 2015 and now collaborating with e-commerce giant, YOOX, here are seven things to know about the stellar Arthur Arbesser.

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1. Turning 30 changed everything

When I turned 30 I knew if I didn't start my own label now I never will. And it was the best decision I ever made. But I had learnt loads from previous jobs and was also mature enough to handle it.

2. Working for Armani taught him two very important lessons

Check everything twice and love working with different fabrics - they are so important.

3. The worst thing about starting your own label is paperwork

It's stressful. Italians love bureaucracy but the wonderful encounters with so many great people have more than made up for it.

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4. When designing clothes he thinks about 'Sophie'

She is a lot of fun, very smart, cultured, independent and elegant; often works in the arts, so she might be a curator. She doesn't have to be super young, but she has a very young spirit. She is looking for wearable design and not simply product. Her name could be Sophie (like my NY-based friend Sophie Sevigny). I would love to see Tavi Gavinson or Milanese gallerist Luisa delle Piane wear my designs. Meryl Streep would be my ultimate.

5. One movie that describes his style is...

Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon.

6. Collaborating with YOOX meant he actually got to wear some of his own clothes.

The collaboration felt new and fresh as a concept for me. Normally I'm more brainy and a bit conceptual but this was meant to be easy and fun and communicate strongly online. And it should also include menswear. This obviously sounded great to me because it also meant I can finally wear some of my own stuff.

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7. If he wasn't a designer he'd be a chef.

I'd still be doing something creative. Maybe a set designer or a landscape designer or even a chef!

The YOOX x Arthur Arbesser collection is available online now and packed full of energy and colour grab your piece of the pie here.

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