Born in Finland, Achilles Ion Gabriel studied footwear design at HAMK University of Applied Sciences before moving to Paris, where he started his own brand in 2012. He worked on his label for 7 years before putting the project on hold, as he got very busy working as a consultant for big brands like Courrèges, Sunnei, and Marni – for whom he was designing men’s shoes as a freelancer. In June 2019, he took over as creative director of CamperLab, which evolved into leading the role for the entire brand only a year later. Since then, the Spanish brand has undergone a transformation sparked and embodied by the figure of the designer. He is undoubtedly one of the key players in the contemporary fashion scene. Just recently, Achilles Ion Gabriel announced the launch of his eponymous ready-to-wear and accessories brand, which will be first unveiled in January 2024 at Pitti Uomo in Florence, and later presented at Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
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