29 Jan 2018
- Founder Nicola Formichetti got his start in fashion working at Dazed & Confused magazine, and before long was working with Lady Gaga, where the star’s appetite for fashion necessitated up to 12 outfit changes a day. His most famous Gaga creation? Surely the “meat dress” she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards, crafted out of raw beef.
- Formichetti launched Nicopanda in 2015, along with his brother, Andrea. The brand takes its name from Nicola’s nickname as a child. Half-Japanese, half-Italian, Nicola in his boyhood apparently resembled a panda.
- Many of Nicopanda’s designs are unisex: “I like showing a strong vision to represent all sexes,” he says.
- Known for its innovative collaborations – Champion, Tom of Finland and Urban Outfitters are all recent link-ups – in September Nicopanda joined forces with Amazon Prime, making its clothes immediately available to purchase from the London Fashion Week catwalk, not to mention delivered within hours.