Rick Owens is practically a household name at this point, especially in the streetwear scene where his collections have started to get a lot of love. Today we’d like to dedicate an article to talk about not only his pieces, but the designer himself that many may not know much about.
Rick Owens Biography
First off you may be surprised that his name isn’t Rick Owens but actually Richard Saturnino Owens. He was born on November 18th, 1962 making him 55 years old today. He was raised in the town of Porterville, California where he came from a Catholic household. After graduating high school, Rick decided to move to Los Angeles and began studying fashion at the Otis College of Art and Design. Two years in, he dropped out and started studying at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical college instead. This landed him some work in the garment industry doing knock offs of designer brands. His style at this age usually consisted of skinny black jeans, black shoes, a black tee and a leather jacket so we’re not surprised he incorporates so much black into his designs.
In 1994, Mr. Owens launched his brand and operated it out of a storefront in Hollywood Boulevard. His earliest fans loved the grunge aesthetic including Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, photographer Carinne Day(Kate Moss’ photographer), stylist Arianne Phillips and others. Almost ten years later in 2003, Rick moved to Paris to set up shop in a historic 5 story building that use to be the office for the former French president. After 2 years, Owens decided he didn’t want to just create clothing an introduced a furniture collection. It utilized marble, moose antlers, and plywood to create a natural and sleek look. The furniture even got featured in the Musée d’Art modern in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
During 2013, Rick showed off his Prehistoric collection at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery out in London. It was a seven piece collection that wanted to take inspiration from the origins of humanity and the mystery of ancient civilization. What he enjoyed the most about furniture was that it didn’t have seasons like clothing thus could become timeless pieces.
His wife Michele Lamy gave him a lot of ideas when it came functionality and minimalism in these designs. Some of the designs look rather simple but the complexity was really in the materials. This year in 2017 he even released a book called “Rick Owens: Furniture” that details that creative process behind his collections. Fashion designers will especially love reading it.
With that little bit of history knowledge in your brain, lets talk about some pieces that have always stood out from Rick Owens.
If you know Rick, you probably know the Geobasket. It is one of his most popular sneakers that embodies the avant garde, modern aesthetic. With a pair of skinny jeans like the designer himself used to wear along with a hoodie, you instantly have a timeless streetwear outfit. It’s composed of full buffed leather with full leather lining and a high stance tongue making it comfortable and durable.The collar is also padded along with a vulcanized sole.
We thought this down jacket from Rick stood out a lot. It has an oversized silhouette, finished with calf leather pockets and composed of lightweight nylon. It has 90% goose down and 10% mallard down to keep you invincible against the cold. The hood and cotton lined pockets will also keep your entire body warm.
Not every piece needs to have crazy colours and elements since sometimes simplicity is best. That is exactly what this windbreaker offers, a timeless piece made of pure cotton in a grey hue. It features a packable hood, elongated drawstring, zipper closure and zipper side pockets.