Auguste Soesastro was born in Jakarta, and raised in the Netherlands, United States and Australia. Soesastro initially concentrated his studies on Architecture and Digital Arts for which he received degrees from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, respectively. He arrived in Paris at the age of 24 to study at the rigorous Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris, alma mater of the great couturiers Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. Soesastro trained at a number of major haute couture houses in Paris, then relocated to New York to work for couturier Ralph Rucci before launching KRATON in New York City in 2008. Since the beginning, KRATON Auguste Soesastro has focused on delivering understated but authentic luxury in an increasingly mass-produced world. Crafted in limited numbers in accordance with Fair Trade standards, KRATON, meaning "palace", is deeply influenced by the legacy of Indonesian nobility, a rich and refined elegance manifested within everyday life.