Born in Montreal to an Italian family, Antonio Azzuolo attended Ryerson University in Toronto where he received a BAA in apparel design, specializing in men’s tailoring.
After graduation, Azzuolo won first place in the menswear category at the prestigious “Festival des Jeunes Stylistes de Hyères.” For the next ten years, he cultivated his proficiency for design by working at Hermés, Kenzo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris. There, he refined his design aesthetic and his interest in artisanal and sartorial craftsmanship. Items from his collections in Paris were selected by the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Palais du Louvre to be a part of the permanent collection.
In 2000, Azzuolo relocated to New York where he began freelancing in the fashion industry. In 2006, he joined Ralph Lauren as design director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Ralph Lauren Black label before launching his custom hand-tailored collection, a.a. antonio azzuolo, in 2008.
Azzuolo lends focus to New York street style, which he translates through a refined lens. He incorporates the craft and luxury he learned in Europe with an unexpected whimsy and certain naivete. With every collection he explores youth archetype while expanding on his concept of building the fundamentals of a man’s wardrobe.
In 2011, Antonio was selected as a finalist for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, and nominated for The FGI Men’s Apparel rising star award. Most recently, he has been nominated for the CFDA Swarovski menswear award.