Benjamin Kitoko is the founder and Creative Director at the Atelier.
He studied Visual Arts at "Lycée Universalis" in Grenoble France. And He is also a London College of Fashion alumnus.
His first job was in the retail sector, working on the shop floor at Calvin Klein's New Bond Street Store. He later moved on to Gucci on the same Street then on to Armani.
By 2003 he is offered an apprenticeship at a London based couture workshop. This is where he learns his craft and develops his skills and knowledge of tailoring and product development processes.
Two years later, He is appointed Managing Director at the same organisation. By 2009 he acquires the companies' full ownership and re-launches it as FFGM.
As well as producing for established Couture houses and some Savile Row's Bespoke tailors, FFGM was selected to produce costumes for the opening and closing ceremony of the London Olympics 2012, directed by Danny Boyle. Benjamin and his team also produced officers' tailored uniforms for the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.
In 2011 He is nominated for Debenhams' Menswear Designer Award after launchingdebut ready-to-wear collection. He also received best male designer award 2011 from BEFFTA and an Outstanding Achievement Award 2013 from CAA.
Since 2004 Benjamin has been a volunteer at Caramel Rock Academy, a charitable organisation offering fashion and Arts related courses and workshops to its community, He currently serves as vice-chair of the board of trustees.