Joseph Altuzarra

entrepreneur, founder of luxury womenswear label Altuzarra & genderful brand ALTU

  • One of the industry’s most buzzy young designers for women's luxury label ALTUZARRA and newly, ALTU, a new “genderful” fashion label. He will co-host the CFDA Fashion Awards with Amazon Fashion on November 7, 2022
  • A Paris native, Altuzarra moved to America in 2000, undertaking a bachelor’s degree in art history from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. Moving to New York following his graduation in 2004, Altuzarra interned at Marc Jacobs and freelanced for Proenza Schouler before working as an apprentice for Nicolas Caito, the former head of couture at Rochas. In 2006, he secured the coveted position as first apprentice to creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci.
  • The celebrated luxury ready-to-wear designer launched his brand, Altuzarra, in 2008
  • Award wins include: Ecco Domani award in January 2010, Fashion Group International’s ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2011, the CFDA Swarovksi Award for Womenswear Design in 2012, and winner of the US Woolmark Prize in July 2013
  • Was recently a judge on Amazon’s MAKING THE CUT, and can be seen winning competition web-series THE FASHION FUND with VOGUE editor Anna Wintour
  • Was selected for a Target Designer Collaboration as well as collabs with artisan powerhouse marketplace Etsy and classic Americana retailer J Crew.
  • Joseph was born in Paris to a Chinese-American mother and French Basque father and grew up studying ballet for 8 years.
  • Currently resides in NYC with his husband Seth, their daughter and a new baby to be
  • One of the industry’s most buzzy young designers for women's luxury label ALTUZARRA and newly, ALTU, a new “genderful” fashion label. He will co-host the CFDA Fashion Awards with Amazon Fashion on November 7, 2022
  • A Paris native, Altuzarra moved to America in 2000, undertaking a bachelor’s degree in art history from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. Moving to New York following his graduation in 2004, Altuzarra interned at Marc Jacobs and freelanced for Proenza Schouler before working as an apprentice for Nicolas Caito, the former head of couture at Rochas. In 2006, he secured the coveted position as first apprentice to creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci.
  • The celebrated luxury ready-to-wear designer launched his brand, Altuzarra, in 2008
  • Award wins include: Ecco Domani award in January 2010, Fashion Group International’s ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2011, the CFDA Swarovksi Award for Womenswear Design in 2012, and winner of the US Woolmark Prize in July 2013
  • Was recently a judge on Amazon’s MAKING THE CUT, and can be seen winning competition web-series THE FASHION FUND with VOGUE editor Anna Wintour
  • Was selected for a Target Designer Collaboration as well as collabs with artisan powerhouse marketplace Etsy and classic Americana retailer J Crew.
  • Joseph was born in Paris to a Chinese-American mother and French Basque father and grew up studying ballet for 8 years.
  • Currently resides in NYC with his husband Seth, their daughter and a new baby to be
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Born and raised in Paris, Joseph Altuzarra has been keenly interested in the transformative power of fashion from a young age. His multicultural French, American and Chinese upbringing and avid interest in different facets of culture ranging from dance, film and literature to fine art and crafts make up key influences throughout his collections. Having graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Art History, Joseph gained experience within the fashion industry at Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler before apprenticing for master pattern maker Nicholas Caïto, further honing his technical skills in design and tailoring, before relocating to Paris as Riccardo Tisci’s first assistant at Givenchy. In 2008, Joseph launched his eponymous brand in New York with the vision of building a modern wardrobe for women to feel confident and polished in their everyday lives. His debut collection consisted of a tightly edited capsule of fifteen sensual yet assertive looks, which was snapped up instantly by the likes of Barneys New York, Ikram Chicago and Dover Street Market, a remarkable feat considering the state of the luxury industry immediately following the financial recession. Altuzarra made its runway debut during the Fall Winter 2009 season, attracting the attention of Vogue (Style.com’s Nicole Phelps said of Joseph’s first runway collection: “_Altuzarra's polished technique means he's an up-and-comer to take seriously._”) and Carine Roitfeld alike, who wore the coat from the opening look during Paris Fashion Weektwo weeks later. Since then, Altuzarra has become a wardrobe and red-carpet staple alike for the confident women around the world including Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra and Nicole Kidman. Having applied his singular vision for the Altuzarra woman across categories including ready-to-wear,leather goods, handbags, and shoes, Joseph has also collaborated with the likes of Repossi, Etsy, Maisonette, Audi, and the New York City Ballet. In 2011, Altuzarra was crowned the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner, receiving the support and endorsement of the American fashion industry at large. Since then, Joseph has received numerous accolades for his work, including Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Swarovski Award for Womenswear Design, the Woolmark Prize as well as Business of Fashion’s #BoF500 for seven years running. In 2014, Joseph was named by the Council of Fashion Designers America as the WomenswearDesigner of the Year and in 2017 the Accessories Council’s Designer of the Year. In 2018, he received the American Image Award for Designer of the Year. Most recently in 2020, Joseph appeared as a judge on Amazon Video’s ‘Making the Cut.’

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