Born in Junin, Argentina, he began his career in Buenos Aires at the age of 17, where he studied and worked with Manuel Lamarca. At 23 he was given a ticket to fly to Miami on vacation, a trip that would change his life. He is quoted saying "I fell in love with Neiman Marcus", and returned to Argentina to say goodbye to his family.
After returning to Miami he began working with Neiman Marcus, organizing shows and sales. After receiving his degree from the International Fine Arts College in Miami he designed a dress that was published in a News paper and caught the eye of Egon von Furstenberg (then-husband of Diane von Furstenberg).
He graduated and then spent three and a half years in Italy working with many of Milan's famous fashion houses. He later worked with Perry Ellis in New York.