Born in London in the late 1970s, Ozwald Boateng was inspired by the immaculate suits his father wore. He received his first suit at the age of five a double breasted in purple mohair. Ozwald Boateng realised his creative talent after helping a friend to make clothes for a fashion show and receiving praise for his work. He sold his first collection to a menswear shop in Covent Garden and opened his first studio on the Portobello Road in 1991. This was the birth of his trademark adding a contemporary twist to the classical form, unifying the classical tenets of bespoke tailoring with strong vibrant colours and cloth textures.
Recognizing the potential that English tailoring could have on the world"s fashion scene, Ozwald Boateng staged his first catwalk presentation during Paris Fashion Week in 1994. The success was felt immediately and his boutique was opened on Vigo Street, the south end of Savile Row, in 1995.
In 2003 Ozwald Boateng was appointed the first Creative Director at Givenchy Homme, part of the LVMH, the world"s largest luxury goods conglomerate.
In 2007 Ozwald Boateng relocated its flagship store and HQ to a prominent location at 30 Savile Row. The design of the flagship store is the blueprint for the global expansion.
In parallel to his career in fashion Ozwald Boateng has demonstrated his creativity through other media, most notably film. He is known for opening each fashion show with a short film depicting the essence of the collection. His skills in writing and directing short films have been critically acclaimed and awarded.
Ozwald Boateng is making a considerable contribution to Africa"s development through Made in Africa, a company set up by him with two business partners, with projects that include building Africa"s first sustainable city in Uganda, introducing mobile banking to and assisting in a new high speed cross Sahara rail network.
Ozwald Boateng"s journey through life over the past 12 years has been documented in a film called "A Man"s Story" with a release date set for September 2010 at the Toronto Film Festival.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo