Andres Throckmorton Stickney is a citizen of the world, a resident of New York City. He was born in Guatemala and has lived and traveled across several continents. He draws inspiration from different cultures and the organic synergies between nature and man.
Andres moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue a career in graphic design, after graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Business and Fine Art. Through a twist of events, he was offered a job designing for Purple Label, Ralph Lauren's top line.
This new insight into the world of high-end fashion, coupled with practical courses at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, gave Andres courage to debut his first collection at a runway show of underground designers in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The experience opened up his eyes to seeing art in fashion, a perspective he tried to incorporate in his next position as designer at TSE. Here, he worked with Hussein Chalayan, Richard Chai (former head designer for Marc Jacobs), and stylist Lori Goldstein.
Andres left TSE in October 2002 to pursue the creation of his own designer label: DRES. DRES started as an accessory line of innovative rubber belts he patented for the distinctiveness in the product's elasticity, resilience, and durability. He formed a partnership with an industrial goods manufacturer and started working with materials new to apparel. Andres remains committed to academics and is a guest lecturer at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology.
In Spring 2004, Andres introduced his first complete designer collection with Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week. Andres was the subject of a documentary on the UK's Channel 4, featured as an emerging fashion designer to watch out for. His collection was also covered by E Entertainment Channel, and publications including WWD.
After a follow-up collection the consecutive year, the DRES line has since grown. DRES followed buyers requests and added a line of perforated leathergoods. This technique starts with the finest, most supple, thick Italian leather carefully perforated by craftsmen with mastery over half a century. The perforations enhance the leather by adding breathability, drape, texture, pattern, and reducing weight. Perforating transforms leather into a grid which provides a foundation for exact cutting and sewing. In the New York Studio the DRES collection is hand sewn and constructed using only the perforated holes. Each leather item is as beautiful on the inside as the outside. All seams and details are hand finished with perforated leather. DRES is available at Opening Ceremony and other fine stores.
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