Finnish designer Achilles, recently released a Fall/Winter 09 collection for his Couture Menswear label which he launched having studied at Wetterhoff design school.
The cappuccino loving designer also loves to play dress up, he's designs include tailored pieces with great attention to detail, here's a short Q/A with Achilles and more images from his collection
Why did you start your label?
I’ve had a relationship with fashion for years. For me fashion is the way to be who you really are and what you wear tells the story of your life (or at least the story of your day).
Describe your recent collection and what it’s about.
My recent collection is my first ready-to-wear collection. And it is all about finding some harmony meanwhile trying not to bore one to tears.
Who and What are your greatest inspirations
I respect a lot the old fashion houses like Balenciaga and Lanvin. But they are not my inspiration, I get inspired by my own life, like It says at my home page, I take inspiration for example from my memory loss. For every collection I take a look at life from different point of view
You often share your personal style on Lookbook Nu, describe your personal style in one word.
Conflicting but traditional
Best and worst thing about designing couture menswear
Best thing is that you can really break some limits. One of my coats has already been blamed to be a tutu for men. Actually I like to provoke people but not as much as wonderful Westwood. Worst thing is that some of the pieces can be quite expensive, and I am not into business, I just want to see a little smile caused by my label.
What is next for your label?
Little bit more masculine
Where can we buy your designs?
At the moment we are discussing with some high-end retailers at Paris and London, and I might be interested to have something available at Helsinki, too. And you can always contact to our sales (email@example.com;">firstname.lastname@example.org>) to purchase our garments.