Philipp Plein has made a dramatic statement in the fashion world with his bold, unexpectedly sexy, and unbridled luxury style. His passion for rock and roll and keen eye for impeccable quality are strong characteristics of the Philipp Plein brand. His fashion shows have made media headlines with Jet Skis and swimming pools, and performers like Snoop Dogg and Rita Ora entertaining guests, while the space turns into an urban catwalk with bold non-stop drama and style that screams chic.
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The German-born Plein was influenced by his passion for the arts, travel and foreign culture at a young age. In 1998 he entered the world of design. Initially, producing exclusive furnishings in steel and leather. His involvement in leather craftsmanship led him to experiment with leather garments and accessories, and finally to launch his own fashion brand in 2004.
Today the world of Philipp Plein enjoys remarkable success with corporate headquarters in Europe, North America and Asia, more than 120 mono-brand stores, over 500 retail clients worldwide. His most recent boutique at Wynn Las Vegas, sets the tone with its richly veined white marble, modern Murano glass chandelier, and maxi crystal studded skull welcoming customers at the entrance. The space shows just how an ambitious collection of adjectives can work together to showcase a truly awe-inspiring brand.
In our exclusive interview, Philipp Plein shares with us the latest on his fashion empire. Here is what he had to say.
Q: What has been an inspiration or driving force behind the Philipp Plein brand for you?
The Brand was established 19 years ago and was always a result of a long research of fabrics and innovative technologies; often driven and influenced by my personal taste, experience and the hunger for success. I’m a self-made man, started from stainless steel furniture and slowly step by step I’ve built a now well-established brand through the years.
Q: What is fashion to you?
Fashion for me is life, continuous improvement every day, research, inspirations from the world around me; being always aggressive, outrageous sometimes, bringing fashion over the limits. I always say to my employees—only the sky is the limit. Everything is always possible in fashion, surprising people every fashion show and every collection I’m drawing.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is always cool, not aggressive, always actual; leather bombers, jogging pants, studded booties, Bling bling t-shirts, amazing embroideries and prints are the mirror of my personality.
Q: How do you balance creativity with commerce?
I just work 24 hours a day. I think that work always pays off. I’m unstoppable and my brain keeps on working even if I’m sleeping. I’ve built a brand, an empire in few years and I’m still growing and learning every day from my mistakes and from my success.
Q: Can you tell us about your newest location at the Wynn Las Vegas?
This new location is exciting! Las Vegas is really rock n’ roll as I am, and Wynn has always been one of my favorite locations in Las Vegas. I’ve waited for more than one year to choose and obtain the right location and now that I’m there I will make Las Vegas proud to have Philipp Plein. The first location in Crystals is going well and I’m expecting a great success from my last CASH MACHINE at Wynn.
Q: What are some of your favorite pieces from your latest Fall/Winter Collection?
I’m the one always designing the men’s collection and choosing fabrics, metal accessories, lining, thinking about what I would like to wear every day. All my collections are astonishing, aggressive, but classy. Absolutely wearable by everybody, but at the same time super luxury and expensive. I like everything I’m designing.
Q: Can you tell us about your creative collaboration with Playboy?
With Playboy we’ve signed a contract for licensing on February 2018, presenting few looks already during NYFW. Then I’ve created a capsule collection which is sexy, affordable, outrageous, cool and at the same time exclusive. I’ve promoted a DJ CRAZY BUNNY show all over Europe and in HK, showing our Playboy collection in our DOS store. I’m proud of this collection. We’ve worked really hard on it, but the result is a great success worldwide.
Q: Any new exciting projects or news you would like to share with us?
We have just signed a contract with Universal for a capsule of Scarface, we are planning to do a collaboration with Pablo Escobar Inc., with Rolls Royce and even with Dragon Ball. We will have 2 new store openings in Europe soon….and a lot more.
ALWAYS STAY TUNED.
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