Pierre-Louis Mascia uses collage to create intricate patterns of surprising visual clarity which he prints allover wearable items. He seamlessly merges the achingly sharp and the softly organic in the same cadre, relying on sudden about-turns, unexpected parallels and optical duplicity. “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” he says.

Mascia, a trained illustrator, hails from Toulouse, France. He launched the Pierre-Louis Mascia line in 2007, under the tutelage of the Uliassi brothers, owners of the Achille Pinto printing factory in Como, Italy, whose glorious history dates back to eight decades of excellence in the field. The collection started with scarves and subsequently grew into a lifestyle proposal which today includes knitwear, outerwear, backpacks, throws, cushions. The electricity of subdued contrast is the defining trait: design is clean, almost bare, while the eye is constantly stimulated by the psychedelic yet rigorous whirlwind of motifs and colors running on surfaces. The peaceful fight of Bauhaus strictness and Rococo abandon translates into a mix of control and anarchy.

Mascia’s compositions are flat patterns that usually begin in 3D, getting closer to their final, flat layout through a process emotional, intuitive edit. When worn, they regain volume. Everything provides inspiration: a mix of vintage fabrics or thorn book pages, laid out in op art mode; antique wallpapers and old pieces of clothing; a curtain, a shadow or maybe even the way tomes are put on a bookshelf. “It all comes from the guts” explains Mascia, who prefers the work to speak by itself.

Mascia works in total artistic freedom while retaining a pragmatic view on the form/function debate. He creates useful objects with a surprising outer shell. “Each season I begin by mixing references, patterns and designs, then reduce it down progressively into a collection” he says. Cut-up is integral to his life and practice, from the prints he conceives to a lifestyle of constant commuting between France and Italy.


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As entries from Encyclopedia, the heroes that inspired Pierre-Louis Mascia for the 2015/16 Fall Winter collection are taken from art, music, photography and literature.
From the experimental cinematography by Jean Epstein... to Wim Wenders’ black and white imagery.
From the grand scenarios by Flemish painter Roelant Savery... to David Benjamin Sherry contemporary photography.
From the eternal fairy tales by Charles Perrault... to Edgar Allan Poe nightmares. From evanescent images by Sarah Moon... to Viviane Sassen reflective ones. From Zebra Katz queer hip hop... to trip hop by FKA Twigs.




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France

Paris - Avedis
Paris - Crimson
Paris - L'Eclaireur
Paris - Jacenko
Ajaccio - Anareda
Besançon - Globe
Biarritz - Duchatel
Bordeaux - Parenthese
Cassis - Lulli
Dijon - Show-Room
Lyon - Capsule by Eso
Marseille - Allan Joseph
Monaco - Society Club
Montpellier - Jean Gaillard
Nantes - Passage 31
Portovecchio - Carioca
Starsbourg - Albe
Toulon - Joe Allen
Toulouse - Cartouche
Toulouse - Département Féminin
St Tropez - Tahiti

Germany

Berlin - Hecking
Berlin - KaDeWe
Hamburg - Braun

USA

New York - Bergdorf
New York - Neiman Marcus

Canada

Ontario - Holt Renfrew
Italy

Alba - Vincenti
Ancona - Coltorti
Arezzo - Sugar
Bergamo - Biffi Boutique
Catania - Papini
Ceggia - Eraldo
Como - Tessabit
Cremona - Cose
Firenze - Luisa Via Roma
Forte Dei Marmi - Morini
Jesolo - Tandem
Livorno - Cuccuini
Mantova - Bernardelli
Milano - Biffi Boutique
Milano - Excelsior
Milano - Pellini
Milano - Pupi Solari
Napoli - D'Aniello
Palermo - Dell'Oglio
Palermo - Torregrossa
Pavia - Cortesi
Perugia - Uberto Cantarelli
Portocervo - Le Civette
Roma - Nia Boutique
Siena - Cortecci
Trani - Nugnes
Treviso - Al Duca d'Aosta
Voghera - Pomposi

Spain

Madrid - Delitto & Castigo

Austria

Wien - Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe
UK

London - Liberty
London - Paulie

Belgium

Aalst - Bogaert
Anvers - Verso
Bruxelles - Cachemire Coton Soie
Bruxelles - Nitz
Gent - Ile En Ville
Liège - Irina Kha
Mortsel - Edith Of Oxford
Spa - Au Fuseau

Luxembourg

Luxembourg - Little Smets

Netherlands

Amsterdam - Pauw

Switzerland

Geneve - Charivari
Luzern - Comme Ca Fashion
Neuchatel - Mathilda

Norway

Oslo - Ms Icon

Russia

Moscow - Cashmere & Silk
Moscow - Iris Gallery
St Petersbourgh - Griaznova
Japan

Tokyo - Astraet
Tokyo - Figaro
Tokyo - Ginza Mitsukoshi
Tokyo - Hankyu Mens Tokyo
Tokyo - Isetan Shinjuku
Tokyo - La Gazzetta 1987
Tokyo - Matsuya Ginza
Tokyo - Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs
Tokyo - Wako
Nagoya - Felisi Selection Nagoya
Nagoya - JR Nagoya Takashimaya
Osaka - Hankyu Men's Osaka
Osaka - La Gazzetta 1987
Fukuoka - Felisi Hakata

China

Beijing - Strasburgo
Shanghai - Strasburgo

Hong Kong

The Lane's
The Swank

South Korea

Seoul - Boon The Shop
Seoul - 10 Corso Como

Singapore

Club 21

Taiwan

Taipei - Artifacts







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