Hedi Slimane (pronounced: Edi – Slie – man) was born July 5, 1968 in the 19tharrondisement of Paris to Italian and Tunisian parents. As a young boy, he quickly became fascinated with photography, something that would stay with him throughout his life. Around the age of 16, Hedi began making his own clothes, but wasn’t yet drawn into the world of fashion and design–it was simply a means to an end. He then began to study art history and took up a tailoring apprenticeship as a young man; but ultimately wished to be a journalist for Le Monde.

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