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As autumn is looming and its grey outside, look to designers further afield to brighten up home interiors. Products from Hay, Mae Engelgeer and Mina Perhonen create a contemporary look with natural elements and interesting contrasts of wood, glass and vibrant colour.
The orange top coffee pot by Leeds born designer George Sowden and scented smudge sticks from US brand Juniper Ridge are some of our personal seasonal favourites.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LABEL’S DESIGN IDENTITY?
“Hermès for the tumblr generation”, as quoted by The Fader Magazine. The name Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre is our year of birth: Amélie Charroin, 09/02/1984 and Marie Colin-Madan, 17/09/1984. We share a passion of textiles, pattern making and painting and create collections of printed square scarves, mainly in silk but also in cotton and modal cashmere. Our images are produced mainly by hand, by drawing and painting.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
There is an initial long period of research, to sort through all “the materials” that we constantly garner: everyday life inspirations and the culture that surrounds us (movies, concerts, exhibitions, books, food, everything!) We mainly paint and draw but we also use mixed techniques, combining digital with manual. We have carefully selected our suppliers and we check and personally sew labels on each scarf. We silkscreen the presentation boxes and a “how to wear” card by hand in our studio.
“Mes tableaux sont l’expression la plus franche de moi-même.” “My paintings are the most honest form of self-expression” FRIDA KAHLO.
THE DEFININNG MOMENT THAT PROMPTED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN SCARF LABEL?
Thanks to a Who’s Next blog contest, we won a corner space in the January 2010 Who’s Next tradeshow. That’s when everything came together and it really cemented the beginning of the label – it’s been crazy since then!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR FRIEND?
It’s sooo amazing to share an adventure like this with someone close!
HOW DO YOU SHARE THE WORK? IS IT AN EVENLY SPLIT PARTNERSHIP OR DO EACH OF TAKE ON PARTICULAR RESPONSIBILITIES? DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY?
We work all day long at the studio. We paint, we draw, we sew, we silkscreen, we prepare orders… We do as much as we can by ourselves, working closely, together on the same big desk, focusing sometimes on same things and other times on different ones… We also go around to visit our subcontractors and to search and meet new ones according to the needs of our new projects.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR STUDIO SPACE? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT IT?
We share a big studio with cartoonists, architects and booksellers where each team has its own space. There is a great working spirit! We also love the recent addition of a bay window and that we can now admire the beautiful view of the neighbourhood while we work. Read more
New to Couverture this season, Micaela Greg is the result of a sisterly collaboration between Marie and Karen Potesta.
Operating from the cool shores of San Francisco, the American siblings combine their textile design backgrounds to craft visually bold pieces that fuse modern geometric patterns with intermingling textures. These artful techniques are anchored with deceptively simplistic silhouettes for a boyishly cool aesthetic.
The spring summer collection sees a muted palette of soft mint, blues and greys punctuated with perforations and intriguing textures – perfect pieces for cool summer nights and stretching a warm weather wardrobe into next season.
Above & below – Mesh Plaited Cardigan
Kit out your summer wardrobe with superior accessories and be ready for whatever weather the British summer throws your way. Seriously stylish acetate frames from cult designer Thierry Lasry along with lightweight scarves in go-with-anything hues from Ikou Tschüss are your key pieces for tackling the inevitably unpredictable elements.
Last Thursday Couverture opened its doors to Spring and filled the store with wonderful arrangements by Scarlet & Violet.
To coincide with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and in celebration of the centenary year, we hosted an in store Pop-Up Shop and held personal floral master classes by founder Vic Brotherson. The store was in bloom with Foxgloves, Peonies and roses galore and tasty sweet & savoury treats were had a plenty!
Signed copies of Brotherson’s book Vintage Flowers and bespoke vases by renowned London Ceramicist Jacqui Roche were also available to buy.
Following Couverture’s recent travels to New York, we have put together a collection of our favourite images from the trip. Highlights included a journey to the East Village where we discovered some of our best loved US brands Steven Alan , Rachel Comey and A Detacher. Exclusive to us in the UK! We also managed to fit in a visit to the Wovenplay studio in Brooklyn where we had a chance to meet with the designers.
Our shoe obsession has been taken to new heights…
Designer Megumi Ochi has for us the easiest options to stay ahead of the game with no need for anti-blisters solutions. Inject a pop of colour with the Panton flat shoes or tap into minimalism with the Ligno black sandals, both will literally go with any outfit. For the ladies in search of a greater wow factor, Rachel Comey has teamed metallic blue with wooden heels, something we didn’t know would work so well! Take your pick and be ready to step into summer with style.