My parents would forgo proper meals to acquire an object of beauty as a young couple. My beloved nanny Abiah too put savings aside to procure silver cutlery because it “tasted different”. Beauty and its salvation and shield have always been a fundamental, passionate need of mine. Unusual and rare were integral components of our concept of beauty that was tinged with the immaterial and had the scent of eternity.
Mercifully I grew up in South Africa, far removed from the aspirations of owning labels and the canons and criteria of the big brands and the way they shape one‘s desires and aesthetic needs. Essentially my thirst for beauty is still quenched by the same potion as when I was young and my first visceral loves have only deepened. I sense resonances between epochs and cultures and value emotion above all else in painting, music and all manners of attire.
After a long and wonderful life in Paris, I have found my sanctuary in Venice, la Serenissima. For that she truly is and rewards one with bounty for loving her profoundly.
I continue designing pieces of bespoke clothing and couture for interiors and my house and showroom are the natural extension of the shop I had in Saint Germain des Près.
Creating my collection of bespoke braid handbags and travel items for this e-boutique has been a source of great joy to me. Might I be so bold as to hope they could be uplifting to you too. This ancient craft is astonishingly modern and relevant, as sober as it is opulent, as pure as it is decorative. Whatever your personal style is, there may be a piece that expresses who you are or that enables you to express the essence of someone close to you as a gift.
I hope this e-boutique opens the doors of my atelier to you to propose handmade on request pieces in a way that is fundamentally different to an e-commerce site. This is truly an aware, slow fashion collection, far removed from rampant consumerism…