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Oswald British Fashion Designer

Oswald British Fashion Designer
Oswald British Fashion Designer

Oswald British Fashion Designer: Boateng, whose parents immigrated from Ghana in the 1950s, was born on February 28, 1967, in Muswell Hill, North London, to parents who moved from Ghana in the 1950s. When Boateng was asked to assist a friend in the creation of clothing for a fashion show, he accepted the offer and soon after sold his first collection to a menswear store in Covent Garden.

Some of his first works were also sold at the Academy on Newburgh Street in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This allowed him to establish his first studio on Portobello Road in 1991, which he still maintains today. Boateng presented his debut catwalk display at Paris Fashion Week in 1994, making him the first tailor to do it in the city’s history.

Boateng was inspired by his father’s impeccable clothes, and he got his first suit from his mother when he was eight years old: a double-breasted suit in purple mohair, which he still wears today. He began working as a summer intern putting linings into suits when he was fourteen years old. The success of the Paris exhibition in 1994, when Boateng was mentored by Tommy Nutter, allowed him to establish his first shop on Vigo Street, at the southern end of Savile Row, in 1995.

Oswald British Fashion Designer
Oswald British Fashion Designer

Boateng’s modern approach to menswear design contributed to the development of a fresh respect for Savile Row and the recruitment of a younger audience. Boateng’s relocated into its current location on Savile Row in June 2002.

Boateng was given a big 20-year retrospective event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2005, which was a great honour. The exhibition recognised that he had effectively grabbed the interest of both the media and the general public by combining the highest standards of execution with a new, colourful design concept.

Boateng’s new flagship shop and offices, located at No. 30 Savile Row, on the intersection of Savile Row and Clifford Street, open their doors to the public in 2008. The shop’s signs and interiors were created in collaboration with British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, making it the biggest store on this world-famous Mayfair Boulevard (as of November 2019). According to the latest available data (as of November 2019), it is the sole Black-owned shop on Savile Row, and it has been managed by Moroccan-born Bespoke Manager Khalid Fakhour since 2010.

Oswald British Fashion Designer
Oswald British Fashion Designer

Boateng introduced a completely new idea in women’s perfumes in the year 2003. Bespoke is a fragrance that is packaged in an elongated, jewel-like container that contains two separate vials of scent. Women have the option of wearing each fragrance separately or taking a “bespoke” approach by layering and mixing the two synergistic fragrances together in varying proportions to create an infinite variety of fragrances to suit their mood and personality, which was developed with the entire concept of “bespoke” in mind.

His partner introduced him to cutting and creating when he was 16 years old, when he was studying computer science at Southgate College in London. Making use of his mother’s old sewing machine, he began creating and selling to his fellow students, and eventually went on to get his bachelor’s degree in fashion and design.