Aristos Constantinou

Aristos Constantinou graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1965 worked for Mattli the Couturier in Mayfair before venturing out to start his own business. His father was a master tailor at 45 Carnaby Street, W1, gave him two rooms on the first floor and Aristos quickly converted the front room into a tiny shop and the rear room was his workshop where he designed, cut and made his first garments. His young brother Achilleas, who was still at school with his hippy friends painted the whole front entrance leading up to the first floor with a psychedelic splash of colours and the first Aristos Girls shop was born. Achilleas was the salesman and the company’s opening stock of 12 dresses were all sold on the first day. Aristos promptly ran down to Berwick Street market, Soho, with the money and bought more fabric and stayed up all night with his girlfriend stitching up more dresses for the next day. By the end of the week Aristos had already employed two more machinists to help and by the end of the following week there was a queue of girls waiting to get up to the first floor.

Aristos was a gifted designer whose remarkable talent shone at the heart of the British fashion revolution of the sixties. His couture training enabled him to create avant garde fashion previously unseen on the fashion scene. He soon opened his second shop called Blooshp at 45 Newburgh Street, W1, and shortly after his brother Achilleas graduated from university and joined him full time buyers of other retailers were approaching the brothers to be buy the original designs. The company was then renamed Ariella in 1971 and continued to open a third shop at 31 Carnaby Street, W1, then a further shops opened in the Carnaby Street area then two more on Oxford Street, W1, Duke Street opposite Selfridges and others in Laussanne, Switzerland and in Washington DC and Chicago USA.