"Neil Barrett is about contradictions; raw and super clean. Traditional techniques combined with a very modern line and form, or modern fabrics with very traditional designs.We try to offer something that is meticulously designed and avant garde. We want simple clothes that are desirable thanks to their detailed design.
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Neil Barrett was born in Devon, South East England. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were master tailors. Neil studied at both Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London.Immediately after his graduation, Neil was recruited to work with Florence-based Gucci, where he was appointed Senior Mens' designer. After five years of work with Gucci, Neil was approached by Patrizio Bertelli of Prada, where he was instrumental in establishing the Prada menswear line.Neil's work under the Prada label also established a blueprint of minimal menswear that combines luxurious fabrics and Italian craftsmanship with high-tech sportswear. This approach to the masculine wardrobe also formed the foundation of the Neil Barrett label, which began in 1999. Neil Barrett's eponymous label opened his first flagship store in Tokyo, Japan, within a year of starting his own-name business. In 2002, Neil Barrett staged his debut catwalk show as part of Milan menswear fashion week. In addition to his own label, Neil Barrett has collaborated with Puma on a collection of sports shoes.In 2003, he was named creative director for a series of Puma technical collections, starting with Italy’s National Football Team, for whom he created both training and formal wear exclusively.In 2006, Neil Barrett expanded into womenswear.
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