The Perfect Prints of Pierre-Louis Mascia

Meet the man himself

Few designers master intricate print in the way that Pierre-Louis Mascia does at his eponymous brand. We spoke to him about his life and work.

On what led him to design clothes

“I was interested in catching the spirit and symbolic sense of clothes. When I started to design collections, my first concern was what I had to express and how I could express it! Functionality was not my obsession!”

On the influence of his education

“Because of my studies in fine arts, I started by making images. Doing fashion illustrations [that] mixed drawings with paper cut collages enabled me to understand a new approach to clothes!”

On being an illustrator who designs clothes

“As an illustrator, you have to catch the essence of an outfit – it’s less about details and more about going straight to the attitude.”

On his design process

“Starting by making prints gives me a central link in my collections. When the designs have been realised, I can think about the clothes.”

On the inspirations behind his AW22 collection

“Ran by [legendary Japanese filmmaker] Akira Kurosawa inspired me for the AW22 collection. ‘Ran’ means war. In my head it was a war of beauty, a war with bushido rules. I watched this movie when I was 20-years-old and it was like a painting, each image rendered like a Japanese ukiyo-e.”

On what distinguished Pierre-Louis Mascia from other brands

“I think my singularity is to stay out of the fashion world – being passionate about fashion but not being a central actor. Like Mariano Fortuny and Serge Lutens, I am a painter more than a stylist!

On what he wants his customers to feel

“I want nothing. I try to share a certain sensibility and emotion. Customers have to enter my world as I invite them, and feel like friends in a gentle way.”

On the predictions he had for his brand

“When I started, I had the intuition that the adventure would be strong and passionate! It is like writing a book, you have a subject but you do not know exactly how to proceed! You follow a mirage. I have no strategies! The only way is being generous and sincere!”

On how his background influences him

“Influences come from your culture, and as an old European guy I am obsessed with history. It gives a sense of gravitas to the brand.”

On how Pierre-Louis Mascia should be worn

“There are no rules!”

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Pantalone Trousers
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Silk Pantalone Trousers
£277 £395

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Silk Scarf
£189 £270

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Wool Scarf
£224 £320

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Wool Giacca Shirt
£466 £665

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Silk Patterned Jacket
£347 £495

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Fringed Cardigan
£434 £620

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Dragonfly Shirt
£329 £470

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Detailed Bomber Jacket
£501 £715

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Abito Lungo Dress
£347 £495

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Floral Print Velvet Cushion
£65 £180

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Double Sided Silk Cushion
£55 £205

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Abito Lungo Silk Dress
£173 £495

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Giacca-Camicia Reversible Shirt
£238 £680

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Giacca-Camicia Reversible Shirt
£238 £680

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Pantofole Friulane Slippers
£54 £155

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Pantofole Friulane Slippers
£54 £155

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Belted Wool Cardigan
£265 £760

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Felpa Girocollo Silk Top
£119 £340

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