Atlein Is Making Casual Couture

Atlein Is Making Casual Couture

Designer Antonin Tron is dedicated to bringing top-notch craftsmanship to modern casual fits.

Designer Antonin Tron is dedicated to bringing top-notch craftsmanship to modern casual fits.

Text: Matthew Domescek

This article appears in the pages of V112, on newsstands now. Order your copy now at vmagazineshop.com

Antonin Tron is a born-and-raised Parisian designer dedicated to bringing a modern sensibility to couture craftsmanship. His brand Atlein proposes the drape and silhouettes of the fitted Paris tradition in a relaxed mode with jersey fabrics. Antonin says of his clothes, “you can slip them on like a T-shirt; there is no lining, it’s very flexible and comfortable. You can toss it in your bag.” His casual approach to couture craftsmanship makes sense, considering his education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and his subsequent residency under Nicolas Ghesquière and others at Balenciaga. He credits those experiences with giving him “the space to be radical” and “learning what it is to be a designer making a luxury product.”

“For me it starts with the material,” says Antonin. “There’s a parallel you could make with ceramics because it starts with clay: it’s how the material speaks to you and when you touch it, what can come out of it. It’s how the material inspires the shape and dictates what’s coming. There’s also a certain relationship to the body, to its tension and movement.” Noting that Atlein comes from the word “Atlantic,” adding, “I have a very strong relationship to the ocean myself and the experience of the ocean really drives and fills me in my work. This idea of women and fluidity, you find in the brand.” For Antonin, the casualwear of Atlein is  about freedom. He simply states, “the world should be more casual because you are more free.”

Credits: Photography Simon Gosselin, Courtesy Atlein

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