Louis Mairone, born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area, began his fashion design training in high school and continued his studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he received his associate's degree in menswear design. While in school, he interned with design house DDCLAB, and upon graduation proceeded to work there as an assistant designer. However, he soon embarked on the path of launching his own line, Dominic Louis. Much inspiration came from the androgynous subculture of New York City, hence the unisex nature of so many of the pieces. He is continually inspired by the people and the city around him and brings that beauty and energy to each and every piece of Dominic Louis. He has always envisioned a future where his vision would impact the way people got dressed in the morning. Mr M hopes that the wearer can feel the same sense of self in his collection that he felt upon its completion. The concept has grown from dream to reality in a full collection that intends inspiring the client in their everyday life. Louis Mairone wants to offer a new idea of dressing and instill a common power of confidence in its inhabitant, as well as the same passion and determination that went into the creation of the collection. With the use of modern design technology and the most exotic materials in the world, Dominic Louis offers not only design, but quality -leaving the client with a building block to allow their wardrobe to evolve for their personal needs on their journey of life. This season's collection, entitled "Urban emperor", is about finding your inner barbarian and channeling it into a feeling of royalty and inner strength. Hence the idea of the urban emperor and the level of luxury yet rawness you will find in the collection. It was about elevating the clothes in a natural and realistic manner, while referencing the designer's past present and future. This idea of sense of self and inner faith presents what is to be a modern monarch of your craft and the control everyone have of their personal reality. "I think as artist we are always reaching to achieve a higher level of aesthetic and understanding of the meaning behind our work", says Louis Mairone. Many of the looks consisted of fur, enveloping scarves and cape-like jackets, which all almost appeared to be sources of protection. One look focused on a scarf trimmed with red fox tails and a few models during the presentation (at The Bunker NYC on 9th Avenue) wore loose and tattered shirts that hung off their shoulders, giving the illusion that they were out in the wild. The pounding beats in the music conveyed the feeling of impending doom, which perfectly complemented the barbarian vibe for which Louis Mairone was aiming for.