Antonio Barragan's many years in the fashion industry at H. Lorenzo in Monte Carlo, as retail store manager and menswear buyer, led to his desire to create his own eponymous line in his desire to create items he did not see in the marketplace. When moving back to the US, Barragan grew his line organically with his collection of ready to wear, one of a kind-reconstructed vintage pieces with a European sensibility. “I had a lot of friends that were stylists back from when I worked in retail,” he said. “So I found my way into making products for tour, for stage and working with some top entertainers.”
In the past, Antonio has dressed the likes of Rolling Stone, Bon Jovi, as well as Aerosmith, with his first luxury men's line launching in Fall/ Winter '12. Originally, Barragan would scour the landscape of vintage thrifts like the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to find pieces appropriate for a modern reconstruction. By adding luxurious trims such as python skin to the collars of shirts, as well as functional elements such as larger pockets to the back of bomber jackets, Barragan was able to delve into the experience needed to curate his own line.
Ready-to-wear items include drop crop pants and cashmere hoodies that Barragan makes from Italian yarns. A popular baseball hem-length T-shirt is sewn then cut and then acid- and stone-washed to the point where it looks like it has been aged for years.