It was at a very young age, while he was living in the French city of Lyon, that Alexis Mabille discovered fashion. Inspired by wandering around museums and his family's attics, he became interested in cutting up forgotten petticoats, pieces of lace and other knick-knacks and sewing them back together. He later took his first steps towards becoming a designer, when as a teenager he created theatre and party costumes, as well as outfits for his friends and family. After receiving his diploma from Paris' Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 1997, he undertook apprenticeships at famed fashion houses Ungaro and Nina Ricci, before joining the team at Christian Dior with whom he stayed for nine years. During his time at Dior he created exquisite fine jewellery for John Galliano, as well as the Dior Homme line overseen by Hedi Slimane.

In 2005 he launched his first unisex clothing line Impasse 13, coming from the desire to design clothes that could express his personality. At the same time he presented Treizeor, a collection of bow-ties (his fetish accessory), which was really appreciated by Mick Jagger and especially by Karl Lagerfeld.

In February 2010 he launched a limited edition collection of accessories, bow-ties and jewelry, exclusively sold at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris until mid March.

He is also the artistic director for Pyrenex down jackets. He designed a F/W 2009/10 collection for La Redoute, a French mail-order catalogue.

The Look

Alexis invites us to delve into his highly personal, frivolous, dynamic, imaginative and racy universe, in order to discover a fresh take on unisex fashion. One where the elements of sophistication and fantasy are taken to new charismatic and enthralling heights.

Who Wears It

Dita von Teese, Keira Knightley, Sofia Coppola, Carla Bruni, Zoe Kravitz,

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