Maximiliano Modesti is a craft and fashion entrepreneur based in both Paris and Mumbai since the last 25 years.
A French-Italian MBA Graduate from I.F.M and ESCP (French institute of Fashion and Paris School of Commerce) trained as a fashion and textile designer, Maximiliano Modesti was Azzedine Alaia’s studio manager from 1994 to 1998. He has a deep knowledge of Indian crafts and textiles having established Les Ateliers 2M in Paris and Mumbai. Les Ateliers 2M is a design and production center for luxury brands working with Indian embroidery and textile artisans founded by him. He collaborates today with France’s most prestigious brands (C.Dior, Balmain, YSL, Chloé, Isabel Marant …) and employs 600 artisans in three units (Bombay and Lucknow ). 2M entered into a production partnership with the French luxury brand Hermes in 2007 for its silk and home divisions.
In 2016, he established the Lucknow Design Trust, a non-profit entity dedicated to the recognition of luxury craft excellence in India. By 2017, the trust opened the “Kalhath Institute” its first craft excellence center in the city of Lucknow, U.P which started training classes to assess and up skill artisans to international practice levels.
In 2017, Maximiliano was the subject of a 52 minute documentary by the French-German channel ARTE TV “Au Fil du Monde, Inde “.