|Type Private Company|
Headquarters New York City, USA
Name Carlos Campos
|Key people Carlos Campos (founder)|
Carlos Campos (born 1972) is a Honduran-born fashion designer who launched his eponymous fashion brand in New York in 2006. The label is associated with men's suits. However, it launched its first womenswear collection during New York Fashion Week in 2008.
Carlos Campos was born in Honduras and grew up in a tailoring and design household inspired by his father. After a few tailoring jobs in Brooklyn and a short-lived scarf and tie business, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York at the age of 23.
During and after graduation he helped create costumes for many acclaimed Broadway plays including "The Invention of Love", "The Graduate", "The Light in the Piazza", "Fiddler on the Roof", and "Jersey Boys".
Campos presented his own designs at the New York Fashion Week for the first time in 2001.
In 2006, he branched out his self-titled menswear label. He later co-founded a second imprint, Guido New York, opened his made-to-measure studio in New York City.
In September 2008 Carlos Campos presented his first womenswear collection at the Altman Building in Chelsea (New York City), including an all black female cast for his runway show. According to a release, the designer's inspiration was supermodel Iman and the collection was described as "Jet set rockstar - think David Bowie and Iman on Holiday in South France." The labels' Fall/Winter 2009 collection was perceived as provocative since it included military, church and sado-masochist wear elements.
Philosophy and style
Campos has a clear image of the man wearing his garments: "I like to think of him as a clean rock star". He envisions his target female as someone who is "successful, aggressive and has her own personal style".
He also described his style as "elegant jet-set rock star, with a romantic [twist]".
Carlos Campos designs have been worn by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Ethan Hawke, Scissors Sisters, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and Ville Vallo. He has appeared on Style, VH1, ET, VOX, NEWS, CNN, and A&E. Photo editorials and features include national and international magazines such as DNR, Esquire, Numero, Homme, Flaunt, Details, Arena, Gotham, People, Time-Out New York, Out Magazine, Zink, and Entertainment weekly.
Women’s wear collections
Men’s wear collections
The label collaborated in 2008 with the J Shoes label and created a shoe line for its Spring/Summer 2009 collection.
In 2009, a collaboration with Jewellery Designer Dannijo was arranged to complete the outfits at the Summer/ Spring 2010 presentation in New York.
In 2010, he collaborated with architect Santiago Calatrava and Christopher Wheeldon, on costumes for “Estancias”, Calatrava and Campos’ first project for the New York City Ballet. This was his first collaboration project as a solo costume designer.
The Carlos Campos Foundation in Honduras is responsible for assisting single mothers with resources from childcare to job training.
The label also cooperates with “Aid for AIDS”, a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carlos Campos is also a founder member of Honduras Global, an organization dedicated to link leading Hondurans abroad and their expertise to help share knowledge and experience for beneficial purposes to young local Hondurans.