Some of the most influential New York designers, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, Prabal Gurung, The Row, J Mendel,…. have at some point entrusted Nicolas Caito with their most intricate designs, making him « New York’s most in-demand patternmaker ». ELLE USA
Nicolas was born on May 16,1969 and raised in the south of France.
Nicolas Caito’s early interest in fashion was piqued at a young age during a trip to Italy, where he had the opportunity to observe the complexity and artistry of luxury clothing pattern-making.
He initially chose the business side of fashion and in 1989 graduated with a degree in international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management in Montpelier.
When his uncle, a tailor, told him about the opportunity of an apprenticeship in draping at Lanvin, Nicolas Caito left the south of France and moved to Paris to join the venerable house of couture in 1992.
Nicolas Caito’s acclaimed technique of draping required 8 years of training by Francois Bouchet, his mentor at Lanvin under Dominique Morlotti’s artistic direction.
Once fully skilled according to the rigorous French Couture Atelier apprenticeship, Nicolas Caito joined Hermes as modelist for Martin Margiela in 2000, managed the evening sample room at Bill Blass for Lars Nilson and Herve Pierre Braillard in 2001, set up and run the sample room at Rochas for Olivier Theyskens in 2003 and finally opened his namesake atelier in New York City in 2005.
Nicolas Caito’s skills have brought a new dimension to pattermaking in New York.
Some of the most creative designs seen on the New York runways or worn on the red carpet for the past 10 years have been made possible thanks to Nicolas Caito’s innovative draping, impeccable tailoring and intricate detailing.
« With such an impressive background and talent, Nicolas Caito has easily become a key figure for American designers. He has brought a piece of Parisian Haute Couture in New York. » VOGUE ITALIA
He recently branched out in wedding dresses, one-of-a-kind evening gowns and custom made garments.
Nicolas Caito was featured in Loic Prigent’s 2009 documentary film « The Day Before » alongside Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. Some prototypes of Nicolas Caito’s work were part of the American Beauty exhibit curated by Patricia Mears at the FIT museum in 2009. A section of the exhibit book is dedicated to Nicolas Caito.
He married Camille Tetard in 2000. They have two daughters, Theodora and Cleophee. They live in downtown Manhattan.