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
MODEL_ IRIS delcourt (VIVa)
MF_ 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.
MF_ 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.
YOU SAY THAT YOU NEVER LOVED THE IDEA OF UNAPPROACHABLE OR EXCLUSIVE FASHION, BUT IN THE CLASSIC SENSE, COUTURE REALLY IS THE EPITOME OF UNAPPROACHABLE AND EXCLUSIVE. HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THAT?
MF_ I think the time has come to re-evaluate the meaning of couture. I believe it is a concept that evolves, and it needs to stay current. Couture is also the most experimental side of fashion, where everything is put into question. Proportions are put into question, materials are put into question. Maybe it’s time to put the word itself into question? We live in such uncertain times that I think it is more important than ever for people to take risks. Designers should put themselves and the industry in question. I like to believe there are no rules or limits in creation.
MF_ To be conscious of current events and to have a conscience when creating new things. Constraints are the best way to create new things!
MF_ I wish the industry would stop using the words "sustainable" or "recycling" as just another loophole for making more sales and more waste.
THE BRILLIANT COLLABORATION BETWEEN LUCILLE THEIVRE AND ATELIER FAUVEL, FIRST LAUNCHED AT THE 34TH ANNUAL INSTALLMENT OF THE HYERES FESTIVAL IN 2019. THE SHOES ARE FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT HTTPS://ATELIERFAUVEL.COM/SHOP/
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