Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian fashion designer was born and raised in the small industrial town of Tatabánya, Hungary, during the communist era. He used to work on a sewing line from the age of 15, and his grandmother, the manager of the factory has taught him all the tricks of the trade from a very early age. To Sandor, it was clear from the very beginning that he would like to wear clothesthat he designed. “It’s not like i had to think and choose a career, or like becoming a designer was the most obvious choice in my environment. On the contrary – I was called overly idealistic, sometimes insane for something that was so natural to me. My vision seemed like the most outrageous thing for everybody around.”
As the owner of his brand, Sandor Lakatos Menswear, and as a freelance fashion designer, Sandor started his designing career in 2005. Ever since, he came out with new collections every year, wow-ing the Hungarian and international fashion scene. His unquestionable style and expertise has earned him a lot of publicity throughout the years, but the jump-start of the brand was his appearance in Vogue Italia’s new talents section in 2013.
By this publicity, Sandor officially became acknowledged by the World’s fashion elite, and soon launched his clothing line under the name: Sandor Lakatos Menswear.
„The ability of creation makes us immortal” – Sandor Lakatos’s philosophy of life that affects his work deeply is to overstep his boundaries while being true to himself. He believes that personal charisma and the power to create something from scratch are divine aspects of human life, so these should be the core of everyone’s actions. Sandor himself prefers not to define his own style that Vogue Italia describes as ‘elegant,’ ‘extravagant,’ ‘minimal’ and ‘dark.’ His concept and style have always been the same for every collection – what changes from season to season is the way his message is manifested in his designs, and the external elements of each collection.
The designer prefers never to look at other designers’ collections. “It is part of my creative work to be unaware of other designers’ current work because I want my ideas to come through unbiased and original.” – Sandor says. He receives inspiration from the technology itself that he applies on his creations. He never draws any of his designs on paper, working directly on the fabric he uses. Another form of inspiration for the designer is looking at charismatic people’s lives and faces. As his 2012 collection published in Vogue Italia shows, he rather uses characters and faces of power than professional models, as people can represent the concept of the brand better than anything.