Focused his career in the fine arts very early on in his career studying at the Atelier Mode Fleuri Delaporte.
Educated at the prestigious ‘Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne’, before finishing his studies, he was hired to join Karl Lagerfeld’s team. He worked for 15 years together with Karl Lagerfeld both as his right-hand and as Studio Director of Lagerfeld Gallery from 1998 to 2005.
His collections in co-branding with Diesel, Napapijri, Robert Wan and Walter Steiger, H&M and Wolford, brought a fresh change to the brand.
In 2006, Arnaud joined the house Sybilla as the Creative Director, where he designed the RTW Sybilla and Jocomomola collections.
In October 2007, he decided to follow his dream and opened the first vintage luxury boutique Le Faubourg in Madrid where he selected items in international auctions.
By the end of 2009, Arnaud set up a new label ALVARNO with Álvaro Castejón, organizing their first catwalk on February 18th , 2010 at Palacio Fernán Nuñez (Madrid).
After completing a four-year engineering degree in his hometown Pamplona, he entered the fashion world in 1996 when he moved to New York to study fashion design at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) alongside the apprenticeship with Oscar de la Renta.
Álvaro moved to Florence to complete his studies in Polimoda School in collaboration with FIT and from there made the big leap to Paris, capital of international fashion.
In 1999, he joined Alexander McQueen's creative team at Givenchy and McQueen for pret a porter and Haute Couture collections.
In 2001, he was hired by Karl Lagerfeld (Creative director of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld) to launch a new creative project called the Lagerfeld Gallery. During this time he developed several co-branding projects with Diesel Jeans and H&M by Karl Lagerfeld.
In 2008, he was appointed to direct and manage a new creative studio for Fendi in Paris.
On February 18th, 2010 Alvaro created the firm, Alvarno, with Arnaud Maillard. They choose Palacio Fernán Nuñez (Madrid) for their very first catwalk together.
A French man in Madrid and a Spaniard in Paris.
Arnaud Maillard and Álvaro Castejón have two brilliant careers in the international fashion business. Their years of experience separately and in common along with Karl Lagerfeld, lead them to a common aim: ALVARNO.
They chose Madrid to start their adventure but always with an international goal.
"The light of Madrid and the spirit of Paris is shown in it´s Prêt-à-Couture.”
ALVARNO has succeeded raising their Prêt-à-Porter to the level of luxury, with an exquisite selection of fabrics, embroidery and a pattern design.
Since the beginning, the baroque minimalism and refinement of their prêt à couture has captivated the most elegant and charismatic women of our country.
ALVARNO designs for a strong personality and confident woman, giving her a "rock attitude" every day.
Madrid became the capital of their fashion: pure, bright and sophisticated. The expectation of their proposals is growing year after year; press, clients and their audiences expect to be surprised with every show. Twice a year, they present their collections with an spectacular staging in which every detail counts and generates a large media coverage.
His creative talent endorsed his own brand in Loris Azzaro´s French house where they were creative directors from 2013 to June 2016.
In its jump to the walkway on the MBFWM, they won the L´Oreal award for the best collection in September 2014,
for the 2nd time in February 2015 and for the 3rd time in September 2015.