The latest designer offspring to try his hand at conquering the world of fashion, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac is causing a stir with his label, Panda Kunst.
Where to start on the long list of things to tell you about Louis-Marie de Castelbajac? First up – and you’ve probably already guessed – he’s the son of outlandish French fashion designer, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and his former wife Catherine, an American author and, thanks to his mum's family tree, he's officially a Count. His bohemian upbringing in Paris and the UK saw him surrounded by the great and the good from the world’s of fashion, art and literature, so it’s no surprise that he’s chosen a creative path – but he’s not tying himself down to one career.
His first love is acting – he’s appeared in plays in the UK, movies in LA and art films in Paris. You might even have spotted him in that Nespresso ad alongside George Clooney. And Louis-Marie is also an artist in his own right, turning his hand to painting, photography and sculpture. He even - to really cement his cool kid credentials - has an incredbly glamorous, celebrity girlfriend - queen of burlesque, Dita von Teese.
But the reason that Louis-Marie should be making his way onto your radar is his because he’s turned his artistic hand to fashion and has his own label, Panda Kunst. Launched in 2007, it’s earning cult status thanks to its witty and cool T-shirts and sweaters, covered in scrawled slogans and illustrations. The tongue-in-cheek sartorial slant that his father favours has obviously had its influence, but these pieces have a slightly darker, less pop-y vibe. They're undeniably brilliant and ultra-covetable - so bag yourself one now before everyone else catches on.