Hello Ladies Gentlemen,
I'm an artist from France.
I'm specializes in hand-painted artwork and
applies patina on all footwear and leather goods.
I would like to introduce me as well as my work. You have a below the reason why I became a shoe artist.
I'm happy to meet you all.
I was in NYC last january for presenting my work and make patina in live. I'm coming back soon in may.
I hope I will meet some of you for real.
Before it was the role of the father or the grandfather to guide his sons in the school of elegance and the art of “savoir-porter”, to understand the art of wearing clothes. But our world changes and nowadays, this role is fulfilled by the internet, TV or cinema.
And indeed, cinema is treasure. How can one forget Prince of Wales three-piece suit, Steve’s blue shirt in “The Thomas Crown affair”, Marcello's natural elegance in “Dolce Vita” or Gary's ease to wear the tuxedo. I’ll stop here, I guess you got my point. I am allowed to call them by their first names because somehow each of them were fathers to me.
Though the first person who opened the way before them was my own father. He, who when I was a child, was taking out of his dressing room these Weston or Berluti to display them over the big coffee table of our living-room to polish them.
He who was taking out his Creed or Smalto suits to get dressed in the morning. I vividly recall him, in his boxer shorts, wearing only a shirt, knee socks and Lobb shoes hesitating, trying suits on several times. Then once dressed, the tie’s double knot completed and the pocket handkerchief fluffed he would walk out in a nonchalant move like a tomcat. Sometimes he would even change more than three times through the day to the great displeasure of the house attendant who spent hours in the linen room.
I owe him my love and affection for “elegance”.
Now I create my own criteria. Unfortunately I don’t always have the budget for custom-made suits at Creed’s or Berluti’s. That’s why I often go to second-hand clothes shops and fortunately, Toulouse is not lacking of those. I am one of their good customers.
Furthermore I buy from our British friends via eBay and other websites. Last purchase: a seventies Prince of Wales woolen trench coat (Brett Sinclair had the same) and not to forget a pair of Merton from CJ. And since I’m not wearing ties anymore (not to mention, I’m hairy… sorry I’m a man) I cannot go without my silk scarves and my double-cuff shirts over my vests.
This is the way one thing lead to another, I quickly was consumed in an initiative of research, finding the yellow plaid jacket from Hackett, I needed an adequate pair of pants, a velvet golden yellow Trussardi found in a second-hand clothes shop. But here is the thing: the shoes looked very tasteless with the rest. Thus I needed to put myself to work on the patina and even paint on certain models.