Adding to its growing design talent, True Religion Apparel, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRLG) today announced the appointment of Caius Olowu as senior designer for the women’s sportswear line. Olowu, a highly respected men’s and women’s sportswear designer, has worked for many of the international fashion industry’s premium labels such as Hugo Boss, John Richmond, New Balance Japan, Diamond Geezer and Levi’s Europe.
Olowu’s high-end, urban casual fashion has appeared in mainstream fashion magazines, newspapers, industry journals and trade publications. In 2005, his 60s-style It Girl money dress earned national recognition when it featured in the British National Pictures, and the Merchant Taylor’s Company of London also awarded Olowu the Golden Shears Award that year, recognizing him for standards of excellence in the craft skills of tailoring.
Most recently, Olowu served as senior womenswear designer for CMQ Japan, one of Japan’s leading womenswear brands. Previously, he freelanced as a senior menswear designer for Island Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, where he was credited as designer for creating Island’s first line of menswear with a 60-piece debut collection. Olowu also served as a freelance designer for such brands as Levi’s Europe, John Richmond, Hugh for Hugo Boss, New Balance Japan, Refoma, Plush Management, Biba, Hommebody, Rachel Robarts and Fake London. Olowu’s own womenswear collection is selling in its fourth year in the United Kingdom, Paris, Barcelona and Tokyo, which he debuted as an international guest designer at the BC Fashion Week in Vancouver in September 2006.
“Caius has a very clear understanding of the men’s and women’s segments of our market, from developing and designing core fits and finishes to commercially interpreting the latest fashion concepts into a brand’s identity,” said Michael Buckley, president of True Religion Apparel, Inc. “We will continue to make selective, quality additions to our design staff in order to stay on the cutting edge of the high-fashion world.”
“We have been a fan of Caius’ work for several years,” said Jeff Lubell, chairman and chief executive officer. “He has a keen eye for detail, and his arrival will be a powerful addition to our expanding design team.”
Olowu holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors in menswear development technology at the London College of Fashion. He served as an associate lecturer teaching first-year womenswear and menswear and the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional form from 2002 to 2005. Olowu also was designer in residence at the London College of Fashion in 2005.
About True Religion Apparel, Inc.
True Religion Apparel, Inc. is a growing, design-based premium global lifestyle brand. The company designs, manufactures and markets True Religion Apparel products, including its premium True Religion Brand Jeans. Its expanding product line, which includes high quality distinctive styling and fit, may be found in premier department stores and boutiques in 50 countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, South America, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and China. For more information, please visit www.truereligionbrandjeans.com.
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