At 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theater. His fashion education he started at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree at Central Saint Martins.
He interned with Rick Owens in Paris.
Pugh's designs are about the struggle between lightness and darkness and are more autobiographical rather than referential.
He has partnered with Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, who hold a 49% interest in Gareth Pugh's firm.
The husband and wife team now fund all of Pugh's collection development, production and marketing.