Designer to Watch : Olivier Borde


The first Olivier Borde (Garde-Robe 1) A/W 2008 collection was unveiled at the International Festival d’Hyeres in April 2008. The collection was selected and judged in the Festival by jurors who included Ricardo Tisci, Maria Luisa, Haider Ackermann and Patti Wilson. So when Olivier Borde and his partner Heath Callender presented their debut menswear collection and came away prizeless but with a verdict from the aforementioned jury that declared the collection to be “reinventing the classics of male fashion”. That was enough encouragement for Borde and Callender to proceed to design the second Olivier Borde [Garde-Robe] collection which they presented during menswear fashion week in Paris in July. The collection was said to be “reinventing the classics of male fashion” in an “artistic and poetic tradition”.


This collection was inspired by the link between the photographs of Mike Disfarmer and Richard Avedon’s The American West project We also drew upon the world of the “working class” and contemporary traveler culture. As with each season we try and take men’s “basic” or “iconic” pieces and filter them through the season’s inspiration and then focus on construction, volumes and details. – Via Dazed Digital