Richard Saturnino Owens (born 1962), known as Rick Owens, is an American fashion designer from Porterville, California.
He studied fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, leading to work in the garment industry doing knock-offs of designer clothing.
His own label, begun in 1994, found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years.
Working and producing in Europe led him to move from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with stylist Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date.
In 2010 Owens presented his 'furniture' design for the first time. As an extension of his sartorial universe, Rick Owens’ furniture collection embodies the raw and gracefully nonchalant mood that has earned the designer a cult following. The strong, artisanal pieces are made from rare and tactile materials, giving each object a handcrafted quality both urban and organic.