Belgian designer Dirk Bikkembergs is one of the revered ‘Antwerp Six’ to come out of Antwerp’s Royal Academy in 1982. The son of army parents, Dirk often makes references to the military in his work with tightly structured pieces and the odd fetish-like leather detailing. Launching his first collection of men’s shoes in 1986, the designer set a strict design formula that included his trademark double stitch. In 1988 he presented his first full menswear collection in Paris. In 2003, he became the first official designer of Italian football giants Internationale, translating his unique vision of sportswear. He has continued to build his business around Italian manufacturing and concepts. In 2008, he opened the Dirk Bikkembergs Iberia Showroom in Barcelona and his first store in Milan. By July 2011, it was announced that Dirk Bikkembergs sold his label to the Italian footwear licensee, Zeis Excelsa SpA.
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