Fifteen years ago, Nicolas Caito happened upon Herve Pierre when their paths crossed at Bill Blass, New York for the first time. This began their enduring collaboration for 3 years. Their fashion backgrounds at Couture houses made collaboration easy; the partnership became organic, based on the shared values that make high-end fashion what it is supposed to be.
In early September 2017, Caito drummed up the idea of creating a capsule collection - the novelty behind the label Atelier Caito for Herve Pierre was actually simple.
Both Caito and Herve Pierre leveraged the natural relationship between the designer and the pattern maker, knowing this connection is the key ingredient to making the perfect dress…
Conjugation of design and technique can only lead to something unique and new in that it galvanizes the creative process.
Craftsmanship, construction, and choice of fabric define fine womenswear and ultimately, give that special “feeling” when a couture client steps in. This is what Herve Pierre and Nicolas had in mind when they created their edited collection. All too much of the time, it’s all about the designer but, in Couture, womenswear is the fruit of cross-team craftsmanship – from start to finish.
An original design, the atelier, the canvas, and even the sawing lady et al… each step is fundamental to the DNA of Atelier Caito for Herve Pierre and is what makes it special.
Nicolas Caito, born 1969 and raised in the south of France. Some of the most influential New York designers, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, Prabal Gurung, The Row, J Mendel,…. have at some point entrusted Nicolas Caito with their most intricate designs, making him « New York’s most in-demand patternmaker ». ELLE USA
Nicolas Caito’s early interest in fashion was piqued at a young age during a trip to Italy, where he had the opportunity to observe the complexity and artistry of luxury clothing pattern-making. He initially chose the business side of fashion and in 1989 graduated with a degree in international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management in Montpelier.
When his uncle, a tailor, told him about the opportunity of an apprenticeship in draping at Lanvin, Nicolas Caito left the south of France and moved to Paris to join the venerable house of couture in 1992. Nicolas Caito’s acclaimed technique of draping required 8 years of training by Francois Bouchet, his mentor at Lanvin under Dominique Morlotti’s artistic direction.
Once fully skilled according to the rigorous French Couture Atelier apprenticeship, Nicolas Caito joined Hermes as modelist for Martin Margiela in 2000, managed the evening sample room at Bill Blass for Lars Nilson and Herve Pierre Braillard in 2001, set up and run the sample room at Rochas for Olivier Theyskens in 2003 and finally opened his namesake atelier in New York City in 2005.
Nicolas Caito’s skills have brought a new dimension to pattermaking in New York. Some of the most creative designs seen on the New York runways or worn on the red carpet for the past 10 years have been made possible thanks to Nicolas Caito’s innovative draping, impeccable tailoring and intricate detailing. He recently branched out in wedding dresses, one-of-a-kind evening gowns and custom made garments.
Nicolas Caito was featured in Loic Prigent’s 2009 documentary film « The Day Before » alongside Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. Some prototypes of Nicolas Caito’s work were part of the American Beauty exhibit curated by Patricia Mears at the FIT museum in 2009. A section of the exhibit book is dedicated to Nicolas Caito.
Hervé Pierre, born 1965 is a French-American fashion and costume designer.
Before graduating from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne he studied Art History at La Sorbonne University.
In 1987, he received the Christian Dior Award from the Comité Colbert. The next year he became assistant to Erik Mortensen at Pierre Balmain Haute Couture. After the departure of Mortensen, Pierre became the Creative Director of the house.
In addition to fashion, Pierre has also designed costumes for several opera houses.
In 1992 he designed the costumes for Angelin Preljocaj’s version of the ballet Parade (Hommage Aux Ballets Russes) for Paris Opera and the Sydney Opera House, followed by costumes for Preljocaj's ballet Le Parc for Paris Opera in 1994.
He has also designed costumes for New York City Ballet (1998) and Berlin Staatsoper (1999).
In 1995, he moved to the United States where he worked for Oscar de la Renta. He served as design director for Vera Wang from 1998 to 2000 and then moved to Bill Blass to work under then Creative director Lars Nilsson.
In 2003 he became the Creative Director for Carolina Herrera New York for 15 years, he left a position in February 2016.
His clients have included US first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, Renee Zellweger, Lady Gaga...
Pierre met for the first time Melania Trump in early January 2017, he designed her gown for the inaugural balls.
The dress was vanilla-colored and off-shoulder and is now part of the Smithsonian Museum collection in Washington DC.
In December 2017, Hervé Pierre is showing his first capsule collection “Atelier Caito for Herve Pierre”, in collaboration with Nicolas Caito.