Joseph Altuzarra was born and raised in Paris, and after graduating high school, attended Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, where he completed a B.A. in Art and Art History, with a strong focus on fashion and architecture.
After university, Joseph Altuzarra headed to New York's vibrant fashion industry, where he was hired as a design intern at the Marc Jacobs studio. Joseph then joined the Proenza Schouler team as freelance designer. In October 2006, Riccardo Tisci recruited Joseph as design assistant for Givenchy, where he worked on the ready-to-wear collections, with particular emphasis on tailoring. It was during his time in Paris that Joseph Altuzarra decided to move back to New York and launch his own line.
From his continental upbringing and liberal arts education to his exposure to vanguard New York designers and classical couture training, it is the eclectic combination of distinct experiences that inform the foundation for ALTUZARRA.