Reinhard Plank was born in 1970 Vipiteno, South Tyrol. He graduated in Industrial Design in 1998 from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Spending some time studying abroad in Milan and Barcelona, he participated in many design projects and won the International Competition for Eye Glasses Fukui, Japan in 1996.
After experimenting with recycled hats and reshaping them on his personal style, he designed his signature hat: IL CLASSICO. Due to his passion for making and designing hats, he moved to Tuscany in 2005 to approach the old and traditional art of making hats. The same year he took part at Pitti Uomo and emerged as an international hat designer. Two years later he developed his first pair of shoes. So was born the PIPPI. Reinhard Plank‘s designs are a mixture of classical lines with contemporary forms. His fast forward thinking compositions embody flexible and portable houses.