I didn’t sleep the whole time,” exclaims the infectiously passionate Christian Lahoude, Founder and Creative Director of New York’s Christian Lahoude Studio. An architect with a well-defined niche in designing top-end retail environments, Christian’s past employers and clients include Gucci, Tiffany and Chanel.
For a once-aspiring fashion designer, architecture for fashion is the realisation of two lifelong passions. “This is the dream,” Christian says. “Growing up in the ‘90s era of supermodels, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. My mother was a seamstress and I loved going with her to the fabric store. I loved touching all the fabrics and textures... My father owned a real estate business. I remember on Saturdays going with him to see the physical models and building plans. It influenced something in me, creating an interest in drawing along with the fabric and fashion inspiration I took from my Mom. I’ve always liked art and creativity and I thought architecture was a good balance between the creative and the scientific.”