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2009 November 11

Welcome, Mr. Nils

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(NEW YORK) The fashion world has been buzzing for months about Lars Nilsson, and today, the reason was formally announced--the Swedish designer with a formidable resume is launching a men's wear line in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Mabro. Mr. Nils will debut during the Pitti Imagine Uomo trade fair at the Museum Marino Marini January 12, 2010. "I am thrilled about this new venture," he told The Daily this afternoon.

After leaving Stockholm at the age of 18, Nilsson moved to Paris to study at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, and during this time he interned in the tailoring atelier at Chanel before going to Christian Lacroix, where he remained for nine years, becoming a senior designer. In the late 90s he worked with John Galliano at Dior as a coordinator for both the haute couture studio and fur collections, until he finally made the move to New York where he briefly worked as design director for the Polo Ralph Lauren women’s wear collection.

The Swede gained considerable momentum when he took over as creative director of Bill Blass from 2003 until he returned to Paris as the creative director of Nina Ricci in 2006. After much critical acclaim, he left his position to join Gianfranco Ferré following the designer’s sudden death. After a six-month stint at the house, Nilsson left in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has remained relatively under-the-radar, appearing at a few select events hosted by friends in New York and Paris and cultivating his love of art and culture.

Grosseto-based Mabro was founded in 1957 and manufactures clothing for brands such as Pierre Cardin, Guy Laroche and Ted Lapidus. Mr. Nils will be produced at the company's factory in Tuscany and will include accessories as well as shoes.

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