Josep Abril was born in 1962 in Barcelona, where he studied Fine Arts and Fashion. In 1991 he won the first edition of the Gaudí Award for new Barcelona designers. He presented his first collection in Barcelona in 1997, his first one under the Josep Abril brand name. Since then he has remained faithful to the Barcelona catwalks and fashion events.
1998 saw the start of Josep Abril's international expansion. Today, in addition to designing and producing his own collections he also teaches at the ESDI (School of Design) and the IED (European Institute of Design) and designs costumes for the theatre, dance and other types of performing arts.