Born in Macedonia in 1974, Risto Bimbiloski’s early influences were a combination of the daily realities of socialism and pop images from MTV. He moved to Paris to study at the Duperré in the early ’90s, where he honed his East-meets-West aesthetic by combining the traditional knitting techniques of his home country with ultra modern design for an artfully executed, drapery-emphasized knits. Following collaborative work with Louis Vuitton, Risto launched his namesake label in 2007. The knitting artisan atelier has grown from only four ladies to more than 100, adding a human element of love and dedication to his product. Risto’s marvelous knitwear is now sold at Opening Ceremony as well as other top US boutiques..
What’s hot right now?
This summer I’ve been reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids book—it’s an amazing read and it even has a note on the Fournier typography the book is printed in. Virtually shoplifting with Natalie Joos, my casting director and friend with her ubertrendy blog Tales of Endearment. Running with Miss Pacman who keeps me company on the airplane and has a fabulous taste for colors. Relaxing at my barber in Milan’s Dolce & Gabbana store—they hired Roberto, the best Sicilian barber ever. Burger chasing throughout the world like the organic XXL at Glou in Paris in the marais 101 Rue Vieille du Temple
What’s your current must have item?
A cropped, knit short-sleeve pullover with long wide trousers because it’s easy-going and you feel good in it.
What’s on your fall shopping wish list?
A trip to the moon.