It might be the innate Dutch ability for effortless ease tinged with flashes of mad ingenuity, but Lucas Ossendrijver has inadvertently shaped the defining look of 21st century men’s fashion.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
Photograhy James Bort
He has described himself as the master of the reserved. No obvious gimmicky references, no muses, no forced attempts at creating a defined “look”.
Instead, what Head of Menswear at Lanvin, Lucas Ossendrijver, has consistently preached during his decade at the high fashion French label is his desire to create a complete wardrobe – one that naturally fits any man, in any situation. Comfortable and confident in its individuality – it’s the ability to wear a suit with sneakers and still look elegant that is the mark of the modern man.
Having grown up in the Dutch country around Utrecht, watching his father build up his lumberyard and construction business, Ossendrijver has said that he always knew he wanted to work with his hands. It’s a way of working that has stuck with him – Ossendrijver is known for employing a very intuitive and tactile approach to creating his designs – one that exercises instinct and develops organically rather than strictly from a drawing board.
“I try to touch people through my collections and bring the passion that we have for making clothes to the customer.” – Lucas Ossendrijver