After a year at Jean Paul Gaultier and a year at Chanel, Sarah decided to go into the creation of her own brand. “I decided to dedicate myself to a project that I have cared very much about since many years: the creation of a top of the range concept in fashion. I’m passionate by leather: it has always followed me, from my school memory to Chanel and Jean Paul Gautier.” Last february, she drew a collection of 12 leather jackets which led to BARONE - in reference to the title of nobility but with only one “n” (in French it’s baronne) to underline the wild aspect. Thanks to its universe and its creations, Barone wants to become the reference as leather jackets: revisited perfectos with exotic touches of leather like the shagreen, the salmon and the ostrich leg. The style of the brand is the trash chic, the crazy elegance: two opposite universes which constitute the essence of Barone.
Favorite leather? Why?
The ostrich leg! It’s my signature… I discovered this leather last year during a textile show and it was a revelation. I found my concept. Innovative fashion house, Barone will rely on an authentic and provoking signature: precious scales from ostrich legs.
What differentiates your brand from other “leather”-brands?
From the choice and treatment of the skin to the finished jacket, Barone offers an exceptional quality. Through all the type of skins used, declined under an unprecedented range of effects, the Barone jackets are all signed with precious scales from ostrich legs. Authentic item with a unique character!
A provoking offer yet attracting that comes along with a precise expertise of leather.Refined and original cuts, against all standards, proving that the leather jacket will never go out of fashion and remains an icon, against an attracting display in the name of a fashion in motion. The leather jacket is timeless, eternal. It’s a second skin…
And all the collection is made in France, in a workshop in the center of Paris!
What gave you the most inspiration in the creation of Barone?
I’m inspired by things everyday: I observe people in the street, I get my ideas from the television, the newspaper and the old movies. I’m particularly creative when I see material and fabrics: I exactly know what I have to do with them.
If you could summarize your brand in one word, what would that be?
What is your favorite summer feature from this season’s collection?
Do you have a muse? Your ideal Barone wearer
Vanessa Paradis embodies what I really like: the rock chic.
Lisztomania de Phoenix
Less is more or more is better?
More is better ! I love the extravagance, the madness, the originality.
To finish off, what should we know about you?
I’m young but I know where I want to go in my life and I never give up.
Lastely, If I say leather you say….
If I say Space, you say…..
PARME MARIN. Not only is this her surname (fab) but also the name of the remarkable brand PARME MARIN. Tout simplement. PARME is the designer of the necklaces that lately have been priding the covers of VOGUE, Madame Figaro, ELLE and VOGUE again. As they are the cherry on the (outfit)-cake, she enhances how this garment reflects the owner’s personality.
Collecting all sorts of beads, fabrics and ribbons she stumbled upon on her way she started working on the base of leather to let her creativity out. Using LAMB leather, the necklaces bring sensual softness to the wearer’s neck. Just to maintain the animalistic side, Parme uses COW bones as weel, to keep the lamb with company.
You have lived in NYC, Marrakesh, Madrid and Paris. Which city has given you the most inspiration?
With no hesitation I would say NYC – a city where you can be a 100% yourself without being judged, and you are surrounded by creative people. I also like the geometric and rough side of this city.
Marrakesh also inspires me a lot - the colors and the textures are pretty captivating.
If you could summarize your brand in two words, what would that be?
Do you have a ”jewel” muse? Your ideal Parme Marin wearer
Tilda Swinton. She has this androgynous look that I love. Every time I have to shoot a collection I picture her wearing it. She is edgy elegant and soft at the same time. She rocks!
What is the perfect cloth/match to your jewelry?
My pieces are made to be worn with everything from a basic white t-shirt to a super sophisticated dress or a turtleneck, it really depend on the occasion.
Less is more or more is better?
Both! It really depends on your mood.
To finish off, what should we know about you?
My work is the perfect reflect of my personality strict and organize vs original and fun
Best summer feature from your collection?
The perfect piece for this summer is the necklace called PARROT (See picture). It’s easy to wear, the color is cool and the mix between the glass beads, the wood and the leather is in my opinion quite interesting. You can be a blond, a brunette or a red headed Madame and it will fit perfectly.
Lastly, if I say leather you say…. Strong
If I say Space, you say… Cool
Stay tuned for next week’s babe of the week, meanwhile drop by The Space to check out PARME MARIN
Yesterday evening I went to the anniversary of Les Amis de La Maison Européene de la Photographie (these long names are the reasons for abbreviations ..) to scream a bit in Atsunobu Kohira’s sound chamber and gaze at Alain Fleischer’s photographic montage of a little boy hanging out with a tiger (I love tigers). With great modesty Atsunobu explained how he materializes sounds in his chamber made with material formed as butterfly cocoons. The rest of the story is to be discovered while visiting…
I took the opportunity to check out André Morain’s photographies as well: his last 40 years in the artistic parisian scenery while eating way to many éclair au chocolat. As usual. This monsieur has catched all kinds of personalities through his lens; politicians, ego-centrics: Warhol for instance, and perfectly snapped one of Pierre Restany staring at a picture of a rather hairy woman at le Musée d’Orsay.
Atsonubu Kohira and me trying to pose in the moment in front of the camera. Halfly successful…
Pauline and I
Gustavo Speridiao: the history of picture. Speridiao creates real fiction of the post-modern life and place us viewers in front of this global photographic archives. Definitely my favorite of this expo.
Jacques Monory and Bernard Rancillac hanging out in front of a Stampfli piece, 1977
Go check it out - the exposition is ongoing until june 16th
Got leather? Got jewels? The up and coming brand Sestra does. Passionate about jewels, the two French sisters Charlotte and Clotilde, from St.Germain and Champs de Mars, created the funky brand Sestra together in the beginning of 2012, which is translated to sisters. One with a degree in styling and the other in communication they are the perfect team.When not hanging out at l’Eclair, Chez Khaosan or at the Centre Pompidou, Clotilde and Charlotte create the finest leather clutches and purses with a cherry on the cake – delicate stones priding the goods. Their next project is a new collection made of exotic skins and leathers, as sea snake. As all artists have interesting to say, we had a little chat with the Sisters Sestra…
In your opinion, what is Paris’ soundtrack?
“Le plus beau du quartier” from Carla Bruni, don’t ask why!
What should we know about you?
Appearances can fool you. The tallest of us is the youngest…
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Charlotte: Tarama, Serrano ham, vin, chorizo, salmon eggs, Häagen Dazs Cookies & Cream etc.
Clotilde: Ehm, not much. I actually should go grocery shopping soon…
What is on top of your wish-list to Santa Claus?
Clotilde : a bibi Maison Michel
Charlotte: a dress from Alice Temperley
Paris is off course the best city in the world, but besides that what would be your favorite city and why?
Clotilde : Tokyo charmed me completely, while I did my studies in styling. It is an amazing city where you just want to see everything and buy everything. Oh and the food is marvelous.
Charlotte : Sydney, a city where you can take a chill glass on the terrasse in the sun, no matter what time it is.
If you could be anyone/anything you wanted, who/what would that be?
Charlotte: Marissa Mayer, CEO at Yahoo, a good example of a female success. She is impressive, not only is does she have a beautiful brain, but she also managed to climb to the top of Yahoo at the age of 37! I say no more.
Clotilde : A Hiroshige landscape, I just find them fascinating.
What is the last thing you wore?
Charlotte : I went out, and wore the little black dress from Sandro, a pair of glittery black Jimmy Choo Ailsas and off course my Sestra clutch - the Hermione croco with a pink quartz on.
Clotilde : A skirt with ethnic patterns from Asos, heels from LK Bennett, a black shirt aaaaand a Sestra clutch in croco with a vintage jewel on. It is called Sestra Galatée.
Feel like checking out the croco leather and these vintage jewels they are talking about? Here you have some of them - and where can you get them? At The Space.
- Happy week-end -
Karl & Bjørn from Cheap Monday decorting the wall at the Lobsterbar