After four years as senior designer of Balenciaga’s ready-to-wear collections, where he worked closely with then-creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, Julien Dossena in 2013 set up his own label, naming it Atto after his father.
He launched it with Lion Blau, another Balenciaga alum, who serves as junior designer on Dossena’s team. “We went from department store to department store to find out what sells and to see what space we could fill in luxury,” said Dossena, a graduate of La Cambre in Brussels (while there, he won the jury prize in Hyères). Dossena quickly realized that fancy design was in abundance but finding a “good quality white shirt or gabardine skirt,” he noted, proved a challenge. “I wanted to create this immediate desire — a wardrobe that is super low-key but luxurious and with a twist.” A mohair turtleneck from pre-fall, for instance, was done in a subtle mix of white, gray and light blue, combining simplicity and sophistication.
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