Founder and Creative Director of Pigalle
2015 was an incredibly strong year for French designer Stéphane Ashpool. In addition to being awarded the prestigious 2015 ANDAM Grand Prix Style Award for a phenomenal 2016 spring/summer fashion show along with a €250,000 EUR (approximately $275,000 USD) prize, the Pigalle founder and designer spread his influence further worldwide by opening a Tokyo shop and taking a basketball team of local youths from the Pigalle neighborhood to a cultural exchange trip to the Philippines, which was documented in a short film. Ashpool was also responsible for a wide variety of successful collaborations including Beats by Dre headphones, a line with Patta, a NikeLab Dunk, a streetwear collection and tournament with NBA 2K16, a Parisian basketball court with Ill-Studio, and his first partnership with NBA player LeBron James -- a collaborative Nike LeBron 12 Elite sneaker. Ashpool’s commitment to giving back to the community is one of the designer’s standout qualities, and will always remain a part of his essence as a notable figure in the industry. Bravo, Monsieur Ashpool.