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The Marais, with its mix of cultures, narrow streets, and fashion intensity can keep us occupied for weeks at a time. Not far from Rue du Temple we were warmly welcomed first by Yves Andrieux and later by Vincent Jalbert. The two are responsible for their quirky, creative, shop: Yves Andrieux-Vincent Jalbert.
They take French Army surplus tents, duffel bags, boots, even parachutes and turn them into quirky and comfortable fashion. In the past, the French army spared no expense when it came to buying materiel for the troops. The fabric Yves and Vincent work with is of stunningly high quality. For women and men, they spin this pre-worn gold into hats, bags, vests, coats, belts, and even pillows.
The Yves Andrieux-Vincent Jalbert shop is really a design portal. They use their small location on Rue Charlot as a Paris base but they market to the world. Persistent pilgrims from America and Asia make their way to Yves and Vincents' door. And in turn the pair ship worldwide and open pop-up stores in places such as Tokyo's Aoyama.
Along with the clothing comes a philosophy. This swords into plowshares operation believes in giving dead stock new life, in taking the stuff of war and making it beautiful, in taking the drab and making it joyous.
The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.
It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.
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