Pierre-Louis Mascia is known to be unrivaled in the art of mixing, superimposing and combining prints: he does so with amazing freedom and a pronounced graphic sense, which he probably developed on his first jobs as fashion illustrator for magazines such as Vogue USA and Elle.
Before launching his first line in 2007, in partnership with the Uliassi brothers, he was also the artistic director of the Première Classe show, and in charge of lines of accessories for Clergerie, Stéphane Kélian, and Arche.
His connection with Achille Pinto, an Italian firm developing prints, was decisive and gave birth to a collection of scarves, soon to be followed by a prêt à porter line under his own name.
Since then Pierre-Louis Mascia has reconciled technology and craftsmanship, knowledge and know-how, in the design of original, emotionally-charged garments.
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.
Today Achille Pinto S.p.A. has a production site extending over 30.000m2, employing a workforce of 250 staff and enjoying a sales turnover in constant growth. Run by the brothers Paolo and Matteo Uliassi, the company is a supplier, distributor and licensee of leading names in the textiles and clothing industry.
Along with representing an important aspect of the company's heritage, the upkeep and recovery of historical archives provide customers with an inexhaustible source of ideas, designs, jacquards, embroideries, effects and colors.
“ 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. “Each season I begin by mixing references, patterns and designs, then reduce it down progressively into a collection”. Cut-up is integral to his life and practice, from the prints he conceives to a lifestyle of constant commuting between France and Italy.
ACHILLE PINTO SPA
Pierre-Louis Mascia collections are crafted and distributed by Achille Pinto, an historical textile and printing company, based in Como: 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.
The company was established in 1933 by the driving spirit and will of the young Achille Pinto, a man of great charisma and extensive expertise in the textiles industry.
Originally a manufacturer of printed fabrics and jacquards for ties, over the years the company extended its production range to include fabrics for women’s scarves and clothing. Such versatility led the company along a growth curve of significant importance, and achieved international acclaim and renown as one of the leading manufacturers of natural, man-made and synthetic fabrics.
In the Seventies, Achille Pinto’s son-in-law Mario Uliassi took over the reins of the company. In those same years important partnerships were established with the Japanese multinationals Toray and Mitsui, leading to achievement of increasingly ambitious objectives and sales turnovers, and the consolidation of the internationalisation process that has been launched.