When you ask about Portuguese streetwear, fashion aficionados won’t have to think twice before blurting out one name: Patrick de Pádua. Over the past few years the young designer has quickly built up a label gaining international attention for its strong urban aesthetic.
Originally from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, the young designer swapped the river Rhine for the rio Tagus and moved to Lisbon as a teenager. Here, he began his fashion career with a debut at Moda Lisboa in 2014 under the Sangue Novo platform.
Business meets art
Since then de Pádua has proven that behind every successful designer lies a strong intuition for business and the industry at large. Each of his collections, from the models to music and styling are overseen by him personally with great attention to detail and a keen eye for consistent branding. His campaigns which extend to short art films include an ongoing collaboration with cult Art Director Papion Silva.
Each design is readily available from the catwalk directly to stores. With growing demand for his ready to wear pieces that can take you straight from the streets of Lisbon to Berlin, the designer celebrated the official opening of his atelier and store last December in Alameda.
Among the more recent achievements of his career have been winning the inaugural KALTBLUT fashion magazine award during the FashionClash festival in Maastricht – a crowning moment of recognition from the international fashion press. Perhaps even more moving is that the award was given to what was an especially personal collection from the designer.
A fashionable farewell
Aptly entitled, “Promises” his F/W 16 collection was designed in the wake of a love that ended after seven years. With oversized silhouettes it evokes the feelings of protection and suffocation often experienced in an intense relationship. Likewise his latest collection “9490” embraces the personal experiences we have with nostalgia and the past. In this case with palettes echoing the traditional and simple clothing of the Alentejo choral groups found in rural South Portugal.
It is this personal dedication to his work, whether branding or designing, combined with an endearing humility that draws customers and collaborators alike to the work of Patrick de Pádua.
Catch his designs at #StyleOutLoud on March 8th in Teatro Capitólio.