(PRWEB) June 27, 2005
(PRWEB) June 27, 2005 Â Roberto Robledo CompanyÂs brand name and clothing patterns are up for license and sale. With the resurgence and interest in Â80s club clothing gaining momentum, and peak interest still years away, combined with RobledoÂs architecturally-designed timeless fashions, this is a highly-lucrative opportunity for savvy clothing manufacturers who wish to broaden their product offering and increase sales.
With his spirited and unexpected approach to design, Roberto Robledo, who passed away in mid-1992, brought a new excitement to contemporary American sportswear during his short, yet impactive, fashion design career. Not only did his work help to establish San Francisco as a growing West Coast design center during the Â80s, but Roberto was also a leading influential participant in the development of CaliforniaÂs Contemporary identity.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, RobertoÂs pioneering design concepts were based upon the use of industrial fabrics and design and modernistic dressing that translated into casual street wear fashions for men and women. Roberto was one of, if not the first, clothing designer to incorporate innovative, brightly-colored fabrics, like Tyvek, Polyurethane, ScotchLight, rubber, and Lycra-based products, featuring large industrial zippers, metal, grommets, snaps, and Velcro -- elements no other designer had prioritized as fashion elements.
RobertoÂs unique designs and very advanced fashion sportswear, which bordered on ÂClub SceneÂ, ÂPunkÂ, and ÂNew WaveÂ, were so extraordinary that the influence of his styles literally changed fashion and revolutionized the fashion industry. Innovative and daring, RobledoÂs designs received national acclaim and recognition and his nylon parachute jumpsuit, which was to become a Robledo trademark, vaulted him into the public eye. Roberto RobledoÂs unique designs were worn by numerous video artists during MTVÂs early 80Âs heyday, including Cindy Lauper, The Thompson Twins, Joan Jett, Madonna, Klaus Nomi, and countless actresses such as Sophia Loren and Julie Newmar.
After relocating from New York City to San Francisco in 1982, RobertoÂs direction changed to architectural design concepts using geometric lines and shapes to create modern, day-to-day clothing with multiple functions that were softer, cleaner, and more comprehensible in look. This was in part to his fabric choices. Heavy nylon and dazzle were replaced by luxurious fabrics of all natural fibers such as silk crepe de chine, silk broadcloth, silk and wool, and subtle brushed cottons. Roberto quickly developed a reputation for transforming traditional fabrics into updated, defined silhouettes with superb attention to detail and construction. Additionally, Roberto Robledo was the originator of the Funnel Neck, as well as the Bandit Neck design feature, a brilliantly simple design element that could be fashioned into five unique, functional looks. RobertoÂs versatility was evident in the range of his designs -- from the clean and modern to the body-conscious and trendy.
A leader in San FranciscoÂs fashion industry and a California fashion design star with a national reputation, Roberto was nominated for the California Apparel MartÂs ÂMartyÂ award in both 1985 and 1986. San Francisco Focus Magazine awarded Roberto its ÂGolden ShearsÂ award for design excellence twice, added him to its Best Dressed List in 1986, and in 1987; he was installed in its Hall of Fame.