The Couverture buying team recently travelled to Paris Fashion Week to view the Autumn Winter ’14 collections. In addition to the much anticipated food and ambience unique to Paris, highlights included a visit to cult Japanese label Minä Perhonen, whose collection was presented in the exquisite surroundings of the Swedish Institute in the Marais; a former 16th century hotel which still bears original features dating back to Louise XVI; as well as iconic French shoemaker Michel Vivien, Nolita favourite A Détacher and new to Couverture, hip t-shirt label G.Kero.
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For Spring Summer 2014 Couverture welcomes new label Anntian. With unique cuts and meticulously hand rendered detailing, this Berlin based brand is not to be missed. This season, drawing inspiration from light and shadows with the introduction of basic forms and geometric shapes, the collection encompasses elegant designs and intricate prints, beautifully finished in high quality silk. Anntian is exclusive to Couverture in the UK.
With a clear graphical, fun and interactive approach to design, Paris based Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtle created OMY Design & Play in 2012.
Having both graduated from Arts-Deco Paris, the duo draw on their backgrounds and experience in graphic design and illustration to create a line of creative and intelligent products for children and the home.
Giant colouring maps of Paris, placemats and DIY paper costumes in the signature OMY style provide endless opportunities for experimentation and creativity. All materials are chosen for their quality and respect for the environment, highlighting the brands underlying ethical message.
OMY Design & Play is new to Couverture for Autumn/Winter 2013
Last Sunday we transformed the shop into an animal kingdom and hosted our first Puppet Party. We were kept entertained by talented puppeteer Raven Kaliana, and Origami artist Yoshika Kobayashi was on hand for those who wanted to make their own paper animals . We were really impressed by some of the creations – a big thank you to everyone for coming and making it a huge success!
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