The Parisian Designer Whose Brand Means ‘Friend’

One you don’t understand?Well actually, there’s no such thing for me. The more original, the better.”

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One of the first things you learn in French class is that ami means friend. Secret to hosting a good party?Great music, friends, and lots of happiness. Mattiusi says that as a kid, he expressed his creativity through classical dance, but his career path was forged when he fell in love with the costumes. What’s your dream vacation?After a year of traveling restrictions because of the health crisis, my dream vacation currently consists of just being able to look at the sea. I loved the latest season, and I like this show so much that now I want to start all over again! Carrot pants, jeans, sweatshirts, wool knitwear … very Parisian, you can say. What’s your guilty pleasure?Chocolate. Favorite restaurant in New York?I really like Estela, which, fun fact, they’ve told me is a favorite of Michelle Obama. It’s a poetry book more than a coffee-table book, but reading it is something that makes me happy in this moment. Shoes you wear most often?White sneakers. Psultan Large Stencils Plate

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“I love anything handmade, and the colors are beautiful.”

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Rototo Low Gauge Slub Crew Socks

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“Socks from Japan have been a favorite for a long time now. The brand started with menswear when it debuted in 2011, and seven years later expanded into womenswear. It’s a special one because it fits great on both men and women and it’s a more fashionable version of the jackets I used to make when I launch the brand ten years ago. What would you never wear?You can never say never, and I feel that my style could still evolve … but maybe fluorescent colors. What’s the one thing you could eat everyday for the rest of your life?Chocolate, as well. I like to respect the creativity of everyone. Parisian chic runs through his veins, both in his design aesthetic and personal style. I dream of going far away with friends and family, ideally to a place like Tulum or Costa Rica that I like so much. Last show you binge-watched?The Crown. And this is also Ami’s essence!”

The Cut spoke with Mattiussi about the joy of poetry, his guilty pleasure, and one of Michelle Obama’s favorite New York restaurants. What’s a good book on your coffee table right now?Currently Nous sommes maintenant nos êtres chers from the French author Simon Johannin — a gift from my boyfriend. What are five inanimate objects that bring you joy? Last year, with a special anniversary collection, he celebrated nine years in the business — his lucky number, commemorated with a tattoo. Just what we all need right now. Ami Patch Pockets Boxy Jacket

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What’s one piece you’ve designed in a recent collection that’s especially meaningful to you?My favorite piece from fall/winter 2020 is a structured jacket made from wool in different colors like black, blue, red. It’s also the name of a Paris-based brand founded by designer Alexandre Mattiussi, who knows a thing or two about the effortlessness of Parisian style. I feel that there’s nothing better than receiving flowers. I promise they’re special.”

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“Nothing makes me happier than watching Netflix in my bed wrapped in these.”

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Just the most relaxing way to start my day! “I like simple, everyday clothes — well-fitted and made with nice fabrics. He only fell deeper in love with fashion as he grew older, “thanks to Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, and the first collections from Tom Ford for Gucci.”

Before Ami (which is also a play on his initials), the designer gained experience at Dior, Givenchy, and then Marc Jacobs. What is a trend that you like right now?Simplicity and romantic minimalism is making a comeback, and I just love it. I love to send flowers to my friends, and I love to receive myself.

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