There is a wonderful incongruity to the work of illustrator-turned fashion designer Pierre-Louis Mascia.

His method is based on an idea of esthetic melange and far-stretching metissage, yet the result retains a lucid, almost Cartesian quality. Where others seek bursting retinal boldness, and even a certain messiness, in the unexpected associations of the collage technique, Mascia uses the same identical tools – sudden about-turns, non-orthodox parallels, visual duplicity – to express clarity.
He does so even when opting for retina-burning colors and hypnotic geometries, or when he seamlessly merges the achingly sharp and the softly organic in the same cadre. “I conceive my prints as if they were paintings or artworks – says Pierre-Louis, surrounded by the methodic, elegant chaos of his atelier in Toulouse, France – In this sense, I feel more like a dessinateur than a fashion designer. The mix of different patterns, a constant attention to the color palette and the use of certain materials define the identity of my collections”.

A quick look at the light-flooded room – a sunny apartment in Toulouse’s arty district – offers proof. Mascia’s compositions live as 2D patterns, but they usually begin in 3D, getting closer and closer to their final flat incarnation through a process of soulful, if relentless, edit, only to get volume again when worn by a living body.
Here is a mix of fabrics or thorn book pages, laid out on the floor in op art mode – a black and white print may arise from this, or maybe not; stacks of faded and frayed wallpapers on an angle will be put to good use as soon as Pierre-Louis feels ready, and the same will happen to the endless selection of vintage pieces neatly packed on clothes racks; even a black lace curtain shielding the tall windows from the blinding Southern France light or the way books are arranged into the crammed bookshelf suggest an approach to visual composition that is all one’s own, and that may turn anytime into art-to-be-worn. “It all comes from the guts” explains Pierre-Louis, concisely. He doesn’t need to add anything: the work truly speaks by itself, and the author prefers it that way.

Born in 1968 and schooled at Toulouse’s renowned Beaux Arts academy, Mascia landed in fashion as an illustrator. He quickly built a reputation as one of the industry’s most original and sharply poetic eyes until, in 2007, he met a family of Italian entrepreneurs of large views – the Uliassi brothers, owners of the Achille Pinto

printing factory in Como, a local excellence with eighty years of glorious history – and launched his namesake collection of printed scarves.

The endeavor met with immediate success and quickly grew to include knitwear, windbreakers, cushions and ever blankets. The electricity of subdued contrast is what makes the PLM label so special: design is clean, almost minimal, while the eye is constantly entertained by the psychedelic yet rigorous whirlwind of motifs and colors.
What you get is a productive yet peaceful fight of Bauhaus strictness and Rococo abandon: a perfect mix of control and anarchy.

While many others designers working with prints try desperately to reference art, only to lose to obviousness, Mascia follows a deeply artistic work method, but refuses to present himself grandly as an artist. This humble pragmatism makes him both an outsider and a winner. “I just follow my instinct. Each season I begin by mixing references, patterns and designs, then reduce it down progressively into a collection” he says, matter-of-factly, sounding a bit like the William Burroughs of applied arts he actually is.
Cut-up is so integral to whatever he does, in fact, from the prints he conceives to a lifestyle of constant commuting between France and Italy, it might just be the essence of the way he sees life in general: borderless and open.

Quiet yet stubborn, Mascia is a true original: a voice out of the chorus and a creative spirit marching to his own drum.
On a side note, as the fashion system grows prone to conformity, it is quite exciting to acknowledge such a singular work is made possible by the enlightened open-mindedness of Italian entrepreneurs. “Without Achille Pinto, I could never do anything like this” concludes Pierre Louis, adding gratitude to his list of qualities.

For the records, he still works as an illustrator, and is widely sought after for that as well. He might be one of the few living designers gracing the pages of a book, a one-off Coca Cola can and coiling around the neck of a perfect stranger at once.

by Angelo Flaccavento
for Hunter Fashion Magazine #24

For his new collection, Pierre-Louis Mascia has been inspired by something pure and true like beauty.
The Hellenic concept of kalokagathia – where ethic and aesthetic collide – becomes the pivotal concept of the collection. A love for beauty defines the visual world of the French designer: as John Keats would say ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’

Ingres full figure portraits.
Paisley cashmere shawls from French Second Empire.
The shamanic fumes from burning “papier d’armenie” inducing exotic visions.
The girl with silk hair mentioned by “Francois & the Atlas Mountain” in their last recording effort Piano Ombre.
The painted movies by Peter Greenaway: “Drowning by Numbers”, for instance.
And flowers on canvas, from Matisse to Ellsworth Kelly.

Pierre Louis Mascia is a graphic designer and fashion illustrator that created his own line of accessories in 2007. The collection is produced on license by Achille Pinto, a Como based historical textile company that is 80 years old.
Starting from raw fabric up to sophisticated finishing techniques each step shows technical skills and an attention to details led by a passion for “Made in Italy” artisanal crafted products. Pierre-Louis Mascia has an atelier-showroom in Toulouse, where he works and lives, and a sales showroom in the heart of Milan.

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