Born and raised in California, Owen's studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons for two years before undertaking pattern making and draping courses at L.A. Trade-Technical college. The label began in 1994 and his first runway show came in September 2002. His designs are based around wrapping cuts draped around the body, asymmetrical dramatic leather pieces and knee high sneaker boots. with minimal colour tone. Rick Owen's presence within avant-garde fashion is stand-alone which make's him one of the major names in today's industry.