Aitor Throup is a menswear designer. Born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he later moved to Burnley, Lancashire in 1992. He studied BA Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, achieving first class honours in 2004. Two years later he graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in menswear.
Throup’s RCA graduate collection was entitled When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods, and it was named Graduate Collection of the Year at the fifth International Talent Support competition in 2006. The following year he sat on the competition's judging panel.
For Autumn/Winter 2008, he collaborated with Stone Island for their presentation collection at Milan Menswear Fashion Week. 2009 saw Throup collaborate with C. P. Company on an anniversary edition of the brand's Mille Miglia goggle jacket. In 2010, Throup began working as a creative consultant for Umbro and participated in the design of the England kits for the 2010 World Cup. He collaborated with the brand again in 2011 on a line called Archive Research Project, which was presented as an installation at Dover Street Market. After three years as a creative consultant for Dutch denim brand G-Star RAW, Throup was appointed as executive creative director in 2016. After two years, he left in 2018.
Throup launched his conceptual men’s label New Object Research, which debuted on the London Fashion Week: Men’s calendar in 2013. In 2019, he announced that he would be launching two clothing projects in 2020, the first of which is a gender neutral line called The DSA, which developed from an Instagram account he had been running for some years previously called Daily Sketchbook Archives. According to Vogue, a 'more elaborate menswear line [is] in the works.'
In addition to garment design, Throup also illustrates and sculpts. He has art directed and styled stories for i-D, Arena Homme + and VMan.