We want to introduce you to 4SDesigns, the prodigy from Angelo Urrutia, the fashion designer all designers look to. Well known for his career at Nepenthes and Engineered Garments which spanned nearly 20 years, he is regarded as a genius when it comes to fabric and unique constructions.
Setting up 4SDesigns in 2019, to combine American sportswear fit for European catwalks. Here’s everything you need to know and Angelo Urrutia and 4SDesigns…
Who is Angelo Urrutia?
Angelo Urrutia is THE old-school New York designer who combines old money with the highest-quality streetwear. Describing Ralph Lauren as King, Urrutia doesn’t design your typical streetwear, he is a fashion encyclopedia and creates revolutionary structured clothing with an urban aesthetic.
In his earlier life, his mother, uncle and cousin fled from El Salvador, because of the civil war. His father was a desaparecido and was, unfortunately, never found. Their family home was bombed 3 days after they left. His mother carried him through Mexico, to Texas and then to New York where her sister lived. He moved around a lot as a child, living in every one of New York’s boroughs, but for the majority of his childhood, he grew up near long island where it was safest.
Urrutia describes fashion and the clothes he wore, as his armour and talking point with his peers. Skipping school while his mother worked he explored the shops, art galleries and museums of Manhattan. Dabbling in things ‘he shouldn’t have been doing’ he started buying high-end clothes. Clothes he hadn’t had access to before.
Later, joining the meticulous designer Daiki Suzuki at Engineered Garments, Urrutia helped produce one of the best American brands of the past twenty years. Engineered Garments takes relatively straightforward concepts from classic American sportswear, military and uniforms, and retools them into something extraordinary.
He decided to leave EG and Nepenthes to take a break. It was then that he choose to share his story and launch his own brand. Depicting a similar idea, to take American fashion and add a European influence.