ALTUZARRA WAS BORN OUT
OF THE DESIRE TO PROVIDE A
CONTEMPORARY AND PRACTICAL
WARDROBE FOR THE MODERN
THE ALTUZARRA IDENTITY LIES
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE
LEGACY OF FRENCH CULTURE
AND NEW YORK'S PULSATING
ENERGY.Joseph Altuzarra is a young, multicultural, broadly educated designer whose personal background and practical experience have given him a unique perspective and a refined vision and aesthetic.
Born and raised in Paris, with a Chinese-American mother, and a French father, Joseph is graduate of Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Art and Art History. Passionate about fashion, Joseph headed to New York upon graduation where he was hired as a design intern at the Marc Jacobs Studio, then as a freelance designer at Proenza Schouler. Excited about fashion design but seeking to master its technical underpinnings, he apprenticed with Nicolas Caïto, a freelance pattern maker, former head of the Rochas atelier. After 2 years in New York, Joseph decided to complement his training in his native Paris, where he was hired by Riccardo Tisci as his first assistant. He honed his design skills in tailoring and draping by working on the ready-to-wear collections and taking responsibility for jersey designs.
In 2008, at 25 years old, Joseph returned to New York to launch his own line, ALTUZARRA. Since its first season, ALTUZARRA has grown in the breadth and depth of its collections. Joseph has developed trademark body-conscious, flattering and feminine clothing. In only 3 short years, distribution has grown to more than 50 doors and press coverage occurs daily.
From the outset of ALTUZARRA, Joseph’s prodigious talent, imagination and vision have been highlighted and rewarded several times, recently he was awarded the first prize for the coveted 2011 CFDA/Vogue Annual Fund. Other awards include the Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Out 100 Vanguard of the Year, 2-time CFDA Award Nominee, Ecco Domani Award and Forbes 30 under 30.
A broad multi-cultural experience and from training with vanguard NY designers in a French couture house Joseph Altuzarra has forged his own distinctive voice.