Portuguese-born designer Felipe Oliviera Baptista left Lisbon in 2004 to study fashion design at Kingston University, London. Upon graduating, Baptista went on to work for Max Mara, Christophe Lemaire and Cerruti. Baptista was featured in Hywel Davies 2008 book 100 New Fashion Designers.
In 2002, he won the Fashion Award at the Festival International des Arts de la Mode in Hyères, and in 2003 the ANDAM and LVMH awards for his Spring/Summer 2004 collection. In the same year, he founded his own label with his wife, and launched his ready-to-wear collection during the Paris couture shows. He then went on to show at Paris Collections in Beijing, organised by La Federation de la Couture. In 2005 he was awarded the ANDAM award for the second time and received grants from LVMH and BEAMS. The same year, he was invited to show on the official haute couture calendar by Hermès and Gaultier. 2009 marked his transition from the couture calendar to show on the ready-to-wear schedule.
Baptista has collaborated with a number of brands, including a capsule collection with Uniqlo in 2006, and a book project called AW77 with Nike in 2008. He has also participated in and been the subject of a number of exhibitions, including at the MUDAM in Luxembourg in 2007, and a ten year retrospective at the MUDE in Lisbon in 2013. In 2017, his photography book Lisboa was published as part of the Portraits des Villes publishing project.
In 2010 he was appointed creative director of Lacoste, and in 2014 he closed his ready-to-wear line to dedicate more time to Lacoste and projects in other creative fields. In 2018 Baptista left Lacoste, and in 2019 he joined Kenzo as creative director.
Photo: Grégoire Alexandre