Stephan Schneider

STEPHAN SCHNEIDER WAS BORN IN DUISBURG, GERMANY, AND HAS HAD AN AFFINITY TO AESTHETICS FROM AN EARLY AGE.

DRIVEN BY THE DESIRE TO EXPAND HIS HORIZONS INTERNATIONALLY, SCHNEIDER ATTENDED A BRITISH GRAMMAR SCHOOL AT 16. LATER HE ENROLLED AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN ANTWERP. FOR HIS DEGREE COLLECTION IN 1994 HE RECEIVED AN ACCOLADE THAT INCLUDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE 25-YEAR- OLD TO TAKE PART IN PARIS FASHION WEEK. THAT IS WHERE THE GRADUATE RECEIVED HIS FIRST ORDERS: AN EARLY STEP IN HIS INDEPENDENT WORK AS A DESIGNER.

AND SCHNEIDER STILL RELISHES HIS INDEPENDENCE IN ANTWERP – A CITY WITH A UNIQUE HISTORY OF FASHION, WHICH PROVIDES THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR PERSONAL COLLECTIONS LIKE THOSE OF STEPHAN SCHNEIDER.

RIGHT FROM THE START, CONTINUITY AND INDEPENDENCE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ESSENTIALS ELEMENTS OF HIS DESIGNS. THE DESIGNER OPENED HIS OWN STORE IN ANTWERP IN 1996, AND BETWEEN 2007 AND 2012 HE FOLLOWED HIS CALLING AS PROFESSOR OF FASHION DESIGN AT THE BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS (UDK).

SCHNEIDER LOVES THINGS THAT ARE ENIGMATIC. ON CLOSER INSPECTION, MANY OF HIS GARMENTS TURN OUT TO BE HIGHLY CONCEPTUALISED UNIQUE PIECES.

THE DESIGNER OVERSEES EVERY CREATIVE ASPECT OF THE COMPANY, MEANING THAT THERE IS NO IDEA PRESENTED, OR GARMENT CREATED THAT DOEN’ST MEET HIS EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH STANDARS – EVEN THE TEXTILES THEMSELVES ARE CREATED IN HOUSE.

SCHNEIDER LOVES THINGS THAT ARE ENIGMATIC. ON CLOSER INSPECTION, MANY OF HIS GARMENTS TURN OUT TO BE HIGHLY CONCEPTUALISED UNIQUE PIECES. THROUGH THE USE OF THE SAME MATERIALS FOR THE MEN’S AND THE WOMEN’S COLLECTIONS, HE PROVOKES A CONVERGENCE OF THE SEXES – WITHOUT A HINT OF HOMOGENEITY. IN THIS WAY THE NAME OF STEPHAN SCHNEIDER REPRESENTS AN IDENTITY-DRIVEN, UNIQUE LOOK.

THE CONTRADICTION OF UNDERSTATEMENT AND DISTINCTIVENESS IS PART OF THE SELF-IMAGE. ALL THE DESIGNS ARE DEVELOPED IN-HOUSE AS ARE ALL THE PRODUCT GROUPS. ALL THE PATTERNS HAVE BEEN CUT BY HAND AND MADE IN BELGIUM.

STEPHAN SCHNEIDER HAS REMAINED UNCOMPROMISING IN HIS DEMANDS FOR QUALITY SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER.