"My life revolves around creating garments that reflect my love of exquisite quality and fine craftsmanship. My work as Creative Director of 1436 is a perfect embodiment of this:
"We have exclusive use of the world’s finest cashmere yarns. I am able to bring to bear my years of experience working at the highest level of Italian fashion. And my Scottish heritage and love of knitwear can come to the fore."
Having grown up in Scotland, Graeme graduated from Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London in the 1990’s to work with some of the city’s most influential designers including John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes and Arabella Pollen.
He then moved to Italy and honed his design craft with Giorgio Armani for seven years, specialising in womenswear. After Armani, Black was appointed Creative Director for Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence where he lived and worked for five years gaining a reputation for working with the finest textiles and with the best craftsman in leather.
Since 2008, Black has been an independent fashion consultant, combining his time building his own brand whilst working with Hugo Boss and Les Copains. His current focus is his collaboration with the Erdos Group (China) building the 1436 brand.
Graeme currently shares his time between the 1436 offices in Beijing and Milan while working from his studios in London and Edinburgh.