Patrick Robinson (fashion designer)
Patrick Robinson is an American fashion designer who has worked for such names as Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne. A graduate from the Parsons School of Design, Robinson has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers since 1994 and was named one of Vogue's 100 rising stars in 1996. During his 4-year tenure at Armani, he mananged to turn the brand's ailing "Collezioni" line profitable before taking the position of head designer at Anne Klein in 1995.
Early Life and Education
Robinson was born on September 8, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up in Orange County, Los Angeles, and attended a highschool in Fullerton and worked a part-time job at the department store Nordstrom at the Cerritos mall.
Robinson's first fashion endeavor was his own small line of beach wear inspired by his love for the surfing lifestyle. He attended the Parsons New School of Design in New York City, graduating in 1989. He also studied at the American College in Paris.
Robinson is one of five children, and his father was a doctor. He is quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying that he grew up in a fashion forward home, with his parents subscribing to many magazines and housing them in a large home library.
Robinson is married to Vogue editor Virginia Smith, and the couple had their son, Wyeth, in 2003.
While studying in Paris, Robinson apprenticed under fashion designer Patrick Kelly. After earning his degree, Robinson worked with Giorgio Armani on the Le Collezioni White Label in 1990. In 1995, at the age of 28, he joined Anne Klein as the head designer, but finally began his own Asian-inspired line under his own name in 1997. In 2003, Perry Ellis International took him in as their creative director for a year, followed by a stint at Paco Rabanne Paris as artistic director from 2005 to 2007. Robinson designed for Target's GO International line, which features high end designers at lower prices, in May 2007. In the same year, he took on the role of head designer for GAP. His introduction to the company inspired optimism and hopes that he would be able to revitalize the brand, which had been struggling in sales. He introduced the popular 1969 denim line and implemented new manufacturing standards for GAP's iconic clothing. However, his updates on GAP's popular, classic pieces proved to be too modern for its loyal consumers. Robinson was dismissed from GAP after sales continued to drop in May 2011. In March 2013, Robinson announced his formation of a new luxury loungewear line, Paskho ('Passion' in ancient Greek). Paskho is initially funded by a campaign on Kickstarter and will operate on collaborations with consumers. Operating on an interactive platform, customers will have the opportunity to vote on which of Robinson's designs they would like to see for sale. In addition to his own brand, he was named the new creative director of Armani Exchange in the same month, his second stint with the brand. He is also currently designing staff uniforms for the upscale High Line Hotel in Chelsea, New York, set for soft open in April 2013.
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