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Albertus Swanepoel

South African born Albertus Swanepoel has been “fashion’s favorite milliner” for quite some time. The highlight of his career in New York was receiving the coveted first runner up Award in the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Competition in 2008. In 2009, he was nominated as Accessory designer of the year for the CFDA/Swarovski Award.
After graduating as a Graphic designer, Mr. Swanepoel began his career in fashion under his Quartus Manna label in the 1980’s in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr Swanepoel trained as a milliner under Janine Galimard at FIT, who worked for Cristobal Balenciaga in Paris. He then apprenticed with Lola Hats for several years and also had experience as a theatrical milliner. In 2000, he acted briefly as the Style Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine.

His collection hats are sold at Barneys New York, Tomorrowland in Tokyo and 10 Corso Como in Seoul to name a few. His work has been featured in most international fashion magazines. Two of his hats were part of the “Hats, an Anthology” an exhibition curated by Stephen Jones. This exhibition started at the Victoria and Albert Museum and then traveled worldwide.

Mr Swanepoel was also awarded the Accessory Designer of the Year award in the African Fashion International fashion week in Johannesburg in 2010, and nominated for Accessory Designer in the WGSN Awards in the same year.

In the fall of 2013, the prestigious men’s store, Odin New York, created an installation in honor of Mr. Swanepoel’s craft and work throughout the years. Newly into 2014, Mr. Swanepoel has been asked by Bench Manila to design a capsule collection exclusive to the Philippine market. In 2014 he also received the Laureate Award from the University of Pretoria, where he studied Fine Arts. He still lives in New York City, collaborating with some of the best designers in the industry and continues to produce collections under his namesake label.

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