Paolo Leduc‘s latest collection is a testament to the brand’s core identity. It continues to embrace tailoring, craftsmanship, and the influence of graffiti, rock, and punk culture, firmly establishing these as the brand’s pillars. In this new collection, there’s a pronounced emphasis on the fusion of tailoring, couture, rock, and streetwear. Leduc pays homage to the aesthetic of Mexican gang culture, with a nod to the “cholos” and “Vatos Locos.”

The collection is all about distorting the classic forms of tailoring, deconstructing garments, and incorporating digital printing with the “trompe l’oeil” technique. Fabrics are manipulated to reshape silhouettes, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the designer’s inspiration.

This duality is at the heart of the brand’s DNA. Leduc’s Spanish roots infuse a baroque essence and excess into the designs, while his French heritage adds a touch of classicism and artisanal craftsmanship. It’s a dance between light and shadow, sun and darkness, and this energy fuels the brand’s distinctive character.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Paolo just before his presentation at 080 Barcelona Fashion. Here’s what he told us:

How has your background or personal experiences shaped your design perspective?

My past represents my life, and I have transferred my life to my brand. In graffiti, I found urban, street and crazy art. In the night, darkness and wildness. In my French origins, my obsession for the transformation of the established. Paolo Leduc as a brand has no concrete essence. It is a continuous representation of my inner self, my past experiences and the things that nourish me every day.

Can you describe your design philosophy in a few words?

I don’t have a beginning and an end. I never stop creating or being in a continuous search for inspiration. The common ground is a representation of my passions. I’m crazy about wrestling, art, chaos, elegance, and a lot of things that are in my head and the best way to visualize them is through my garments.

How do you see menswear evolving in the next few years?

I don’t pay attention to the evolution of men’s fashion. I like to see profiles beyond gender, breaking these patterns.

Any unexpected challenges you faced in preparing for this show?

Re-distorting the classic forms of tailoring, deconstruction of garments, the use of digital printing with the “trompe l’oeil” technique, and manipulation of fabrics, reinforcing a take on silhouettes.

Can you share a memorable moment or experience during the creative process of this collection?

I finished the last look of the collection two days ago and I thought it was impossible but I did it.

If you have to create a playlist to define this collection what song(s) would be in there?

Anything from Patti Smith.

What advice would you give to aspiring menswear designers looking to break into the industry?

Follow your instincts. Listen to opinions but follow your own style.

Check out the collection he presented during 080 Barcelona Fashion below: