Philipp Plein - Terry Richardson

Philipp Plein

As a law student, Philipp Plein started his career as a designer in the late 1990s. Today he owns several fashion brands that generate millions in sales. Known for his extravagant and modern designs, Plein also made the skull socially acceptable in high fashion. In addition to fashion, he also designs furniture – a field in which his career began more than 20 years ago.


Biography of Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein was born in Munich on February 16, 1978. After graduating from school, he enrolled to study law at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. At the same time, he began designing pieces of furniture and having them made from stainless steel. Because the pieces found no takers, Plein decided to have them upholstered in leather. He purchased leather at a trade fair in Italy and had tables covered with it. With these, Plein took part in the furniture fair in Cologne and achieved considerable sales there. Plein had bags made from the leather offcuts, which also found favor with buyers.

Plein dropped out of law school and founded the company International AG in 1998. In 2003, Plein designed a lounge for Moët & Chandon for the CPD trade fair in Düsseldorf, where he was allowed to offer his bags for sale. A year later he founded the Philipp Plein brand.

Global expansion made Philipp Plein the absolute “King of Bling”

The first collection of Plein’s fashion label were jackets discarded by the military, which the designer decorated with skulls made of Svarowski stones. In 2004, Plein opened his first store in Munich, which was followed over time by numerous others around the world. Philipp Plein boutiques are located in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Hong Kong and Dubai, among other places. Plein made an appearance on the third season of “Germany’s Next Topmodel” in 2008, designing a collection themed Heavy Metal that was presented to the show’s contestants.

In 2009, Plein designed a Barbie to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. In the spring of 2011, he debuted with a collection at Milan Fashion Week. Since then, the designer has been able to attract various celebrities as models, including Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, Fergie and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Plein is also known for the unusual locations of his fashion shows. He already chose a church building for the 2011 show in Milan, and in 2015 it was an abandoned swimming pool.

Philipp Plein takes over the fashion brand Billionaire

In 2012 Plein entered into a collaboration with the soccer club AS Rome, whose jerseys he designed for four years. In 2016 Plein took over the brand Billionaire, which Flavio Briatore had founded in 2005. The following summer, the designer held no less than three fashion shows in Milan with his three labels Philipp Plein, Plein Sport and Billionaire. Today, there are more than 80 Philipp Plein stores and over 25 Billionaire stores worldwide.

Quotes of Philipp Plein

You cant't do epic shit with basic people.

- Philipp Plein

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