How discarded Parisian hotel curtains are being transformed into chic clothing
A Parisian clothing brand has launched a line of beautiful bespoke designs made by hand using discarded curtains from hotels across the city.
Launched this year, the brand is called Hôtel and was created by designer Alexandra Hartmann. The philosophy behind the project is to embrace the imperfections of the source material, with every piece of fabric resulting in a completely unique creation that is made on site in a studio in Belleville, Paris. From start to finish, the entire production is local, with some of the material dating back to the 1940’s. Every curtain is handpicked with the intention of creating something special, and the inherent nature of the project means that no two jackets are ever the same.
“I just got fascinated by the first set of curtains I found. The texture was incredibly soft, the kind of fabric your skin wants to get close to. It reminded me of a safe place. So I started imagining how this soft, dense material could wrap itself around a body, and I was struck by the unexpected shine and elegance emanating from what was basically a simple curtain. At the same time, the fabric was rich in history, it was like stories were woven into the fabric,” designer Alexandra Hartmann told Lonely Planet Travel News.
Some of the jackets feature stunning silk lining and intricate detail, while others are minimalistic or reversible. Sourcing the curtains proved to be an epic undertaking, with Alexandra calling every hotel, motel, and chambres d´hôtes that she could think of in an effort to find interesting and quirky pieces that would be suitable.
“The reaction has been really positive. The truth is that I didn’t really expect anything, I just did it and had a lot of fun. I’m very grateful for the positive response, and it helps me going forward that I’m not the only one that seems to think what I’m doing is interesting,” Alexandra said.
More information on the range, as well as an online shop where the garments can be purchased, is available at the official Hôtel website.