25 Oct 2020

A celebrated American designer with more than 25  years of experience in the fashion industry in  America and Europe

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Robinson grew up in  Southern California where he began designing clothes for  fellow surfers at the age of 14. After moving to New York  and attending the Parsons School of Design, Robinson  became an assistant to American-born couturier Patrick  Kelly in Paris in 1986. He left Paris to work briefly for Albert  Nipon in New York, then returned to Europe as the Design  Director for Giorgio Armani in Milan. Robinson transformed  Giorgio Armani’s ailing Le Collezioni line into a profitable  international apparel company over his four year tenure.  Robinson, a New Yorker at heart, moved back in 1994, to  become Senior Vice President of Design, Merchandising  and Marketing for Anne Klein.  

By 1996, Robinson was more than ready to go out on his  own and started his own collection, winning numerous  awards and named one of Vogue's top 100 rising stars in  1996. His eponymous women’s label was picked up by  Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and  Barney’s among others. In April 2003, Robinson became the  Creative Director of Perry Ellis Women’s Sportswear and  then in 2005, was named Artistic Director for Paco Rabanne.

Robinson has been a Council of Fashion Designers of America  member since 1994. In March 2004, Robinson received a  CFDA Fashion Award nomination in the Swarovski Perry Ellis  Award for emerging Talent in Ready-to-Wear category - a fitting  tribute to his hard work.  

In May 2007 Robinson designed an affordable collection for  Target Corporation's Go International line.  

Robinson was selected in May 2007 to serve as executive vice  president of design for Gap Adult and gapbody. Robinson oversaw all elements of design and marketing for Gap  women's and men's apparel, accessories and intimates lines  worldwide. 

In 2010 Oprah, Anna Wintour, and Patrick Robinson co-chaired  the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala.  

In May 2013 Robinson was hired as global creative director of  Armani Exchange. 2016 marked the full launch of his Paskho. 


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