What inspires you?
Everything that is not directly related to our work! Music, literature, cinema, landscapes, dreams, new connections and re-interpretations to be made here and there. All of our collections and the images we create are full of future dreams, souvenirs, and are an insight into our past experiences.
Tell us a bit about the making of your collections?
We feel very strongly about quality and the ‘made in France’ label. We have placed ethical values and savoir-faire in the centre of our creative work, always fighting for economical, political and socially ethical best practices, for both our production and for the luxury industry.
When we produce outside of France it’s never for a price reason, but for a know-how expertise and savoir-faire excellence. For example, we have been developing some fabric in Italy because their artisans and factories had the specific skills we were looking for to help us develop our new creations.
Is there a material or texture you prefer to work with?
Because texture is at the heart of what we do, we always try to bring a real added value to all the material we develop. We work a lot on materials – metallisation, quilting, washing, dyeing, in order to bring some visual and tactile effects to it. We use a lot of linen for example, solo or mixed with other material; linen is part of almost all of our products. We love linen’s natural eco-friendly qualities and the unique, relaxed and effortless chic it brings to any fabric. We also love its ability to enhance the colours we develop. Our linens are carefully selected from the best European linen flax, all certified Master of Linen, which is the endorsement for high quality and ethically responsible production.
A creation you dream about?
We mostly dream of collaborations; a collaboration is like a big bubble of oxygen! It’s always very exciting to be able to share the creative process and to be able to leverage other people’s technical skills and artisanal expertise. Last year for the 20th anniversary of Maison de Vacances, we developed a beautiful and limited edition light in collaboration with Jean Luc Le Deun (Le Deun lighting collections are available at Bastille and Sons). In the future, we still need to create a sofa to place all our cushions on!
Describe your perfect Sunday, what are your favourite locations in Paris?
In the morning, a must stop is Le Marche Bio (Sunday bio market), on Boulevard Raspail, 6th arrondissement, to bring a healthy start to the week. Follow this with a trip to near by fantastic little wine shop, La Faute au vin, 83 rue du Cherche Midi, which specialises in natural, biodynamic wines.
We love eating at Cibus, 6 Rue Moliere, in the 1st area, a tiny Italian restaurant with authentic family cooking, made with organic seasonal products. Then, the best way to finish the day would be sipping on a spritz on a barge on Seine river: Le Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine, Pont des invalides, near Alexander III Bridge.