Couture designer, pattern-maker and visionary, Nicolas Laville started his roots with high fashion designers Anne Fontaine, Kenzo and Christian Lacroix.
Trained with a penchant and flair for mastering pattern-makings and being inspired by the production of designs from his design visionaries & luminaries, Nicolas has honed his vision and this is showcased through his as well as creating his own line. From his own distinctive point of view, Nicolas has been traversing cultures from Rouen to Paris, then to Shanghai with Renaitre and now, his own line in Singapore. Sharing not only his designs to the world, Nicolas has been passing on his own insights and knowledge, teaching at schools in Paris Mod’ Estah Fashion Institute and Shanghai’s International Fashion Academy. The bud of Nicolas Laville Couture in Singapore was his own studio in Rouen, France – Creation Laville. With this, the studio produced multitudes of work and a significant collection of bespoke pieces for individual fashionistas to pageant shows – wedding dresses, cocktail and evening gowns to the highest quality and a full collaboration with top fashion icon – Galleries Lafayette.
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Bringing his experience from the hotel luxury sector and management skills, Chris has started a collaboration with Nicolas Laville as an entrepreneur to redefine couture in Singapore. Christopher has spearheaded and created extraordinary destinations for renowned hospitality brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Regent and Six Senses, finding more satisfaction in seeing a design job through from concept to completion - from tented naturalist villas to cool urban chic hotels, from minimalist to opulent, as Chris believes every project is a signature within itself. Having his own firm - KulörGroup based in Singapore, Toronto and Seoul as co-founder & creative director, Chris believes in working closely together with all design teams to ensure each showcases an innate understanding of space that's practical, authentic and with an unfettered design aesthetic.
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A partnership of a lifetime
A chance encounter in 2012 led to the eventual partnership of Nicolas and Christopher. Connected in Bangkok and Shanghai and shuttling between the cities, the natural chemistry and shared appreciation of design culminated in a vision for a bespoke design studio. A combination of design savvy and architectural flair, the decision to launch the couture studio in Singapore came about due to the growing niche of events, spectator sports and people with high-profile social lives and high-fashion inclinations. With a vision to combine the bespoke European fit with Asian fabrics and patterns, the signature atelier was formed in Singapore in 2014.