His mum, an interior designer, was influential in exposing him to culture, talking to him about art styles such as Bauhaus, but in a very relaxed and casual way. Even today, he enjoys bouncing ideas off her to get an immediate reaction. Thus, art, design, and beauty were things he was conscious of growing up, even if he couldn’t explain the effect they had on him. What he did understand is that, from architecture to film, he was fascinated with the use of aesthetics to create atmosphere. Eventually, he found that fashion was a way to channel all these thoughts and his love for aesthetics and world building into an applied art.
“I want to keep learning, and that part is only starting now.” – Aaron Hüttenmeister
This led him to Antwerp, where he loved his university experience, particularly working with Dirk Van Saene (of Antwerp Six fame) on his masters. Hüttenmeister admits that it was tough and that the school was extremely demanding, but “if you really want it, then there are no limits and no rules.” He loves the city’s approach to fashion. “Embracing cheekiness, something surreal, it’s very Antwerp. Seeing beauty in a different way, not being so strict. Clever, beautiful, well-made garments that have a conceptual approach, but they’re also just fun.” He is currently living and working in Milan, but hopes to maybe return to Antwerp one day. “I think it’s very authentic. Combined with it being kind of a small city, and the wittiness, and not taking itself too seriously, it feels grounding.”