THESE SHOES WERE MADE FOR WALKING

We sat down with Morgane Fauvel, of unisex shoe label Atelier Fauvel, to talk about her latest upcycling collaboration with Lucille Thièvre.

PHOTOGRAPHY_ ANTHONY SEKLAOUI

STYLIST_ ALLY MACRAE

THESE SHOES WERE MADE FOR WALKING

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WORK?

My work is the result of research in my workshop, where I combine design, prototype development and manufacturing. I reinvent the traditional techniques by constructing my shoes in another way. My model "Flat Pleat Derby" for example takes form by folding only one piece of leather. My work presents the close relation between creation and making. The construction and the way to make, define my final object.

For the collaboration with Lucille Thièvre, I found a solution to recycle discarded shoes mixed with the design of Lucille.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE UPCYCLING AND HOW DOES IT COME INTO PLAY IN THE COLLABORATION WITH LUCILLE?

To create new products, using useless or thrown away objects. Upcycling has to be a coherent process. From the materials to packaging and transport of the final product.

In the case of the collaboration with Lucille we are making new pairs of shoes with thrown away soles and vegetable tanned leather. Each pair is handmade in my workshop. I use the skeleton (heel and mounting part), which I clean and assemble with the upper part.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNER IN THESE TIMES?

To be conscious of current events and to have a conscience when creating new things. Constraints are the best way to create new things!

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I wish the industry would stop using the words "sustainable" or "recycling" as just another loophole for making more sales and more waste.

"I wish the industry would stop using the words "sustainable" or "recycling" as just another loophole for making more sales and more waste." — Morgane Fauvel

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