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In the northeast of Paris, the Canal de l’Ourcq flows quietly into gentrification through Pantin and La Villette. Historically, this was a working-class neighbourhood, and it is still a far cry from the Paris we see on postcards. Now, creative agencies, haute couture studios, contemporary art galleries and concert halls are flocking to the area, revitalizing its cultural scene and local life.
DESCRIPTION These 19th century white dress shirts, originally meant for men, come from the south of France. Made from extremely supple and durable linen, hemp or nettle fabric, these shirts will last for years to come. They reflect light and have been used in movies like Gladiator and Lincoln. Kilometre reinvents this unique style by adding intricate embroideries of travel destinations to them to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
Size: Taille Unique
Fabric: 100% linen
Hand embroidered in Mexico
GOODIES All Kilometre products come with a passport (a travel guide matching the destination of the product + booklet about the brand and its history) and a “second skin”.
All Kilometre products are hand-woven and hand-embroidered; similar to the techniques used to create haute couture. The shirt is made especially for you, so please don’t expect the same production times as fast fashion.
Haute couture: in 2014, Hermès launched its Cité des Métiers, 27,000 m2 of studios designed by award-wining architects RDAI, while Chanel brought together luxury crafts like embroiderer Lesage, shoemaker Massaro, feather master Lemarié and hatter Maison Michel in its laboratory Les Métiers d’art.
Allée des Ateliers & Quai de l’Ourcq, Pantin
Take a walk along the renovated banks of Canal de l’Ourcq. Or ride a bike. Fun fact : canal de l’Ourcq connects Paris and Parc de La Villette on one side and Park de la Bergère to Bobigny on the other.
69, avenue du Général Leclerc, Pantin
This building, commonly known as les Magasins Généraux, is one of the most impressive among others located along the waterway. Refined modernist architecture, with art deco finishing presented in the curved balconies, is a pleasant surprise for a structure that is used primarily for storage of grain and flour. Check graffitigeneral.com. There you’ll enjoy a visual visit of the building ornamented with plenty of graffiti from when the building was unoccupied.
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, La Villette
With photographs by Yves Marchands and Romain Meffre, the book documents graffiti decorating the walls of les Magasins Généraux.
Éditions Dominique Carré
A masterpiece by Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert. Words of Prévert for the Canal de l’Ourcq scene : “The port of Crimée…The docks….Children playing….Men on boats…”
Go to a concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, recently settled in Jean Nouvel’s building in La Villette. The great jazz master Avishai Cohen is played there on February 27, 2016.
221 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019
Felicia Simion shot Pantin
A chance encounter with Felicia Simion’s photo for the HIPA contest left us with the desire to see the talented young photographer’s vision of Kilometre. Felicia, from Romania, shot Pantin back in November. Here’s what she had to say about her collaboration with Kilometre.paris and her photography style.
What did you like about Kilometre ?
What I immediately loved was the different approach towards the modern idea of fashion. It is much more than ‘just fashion’, it is refreshing this industry by introducing elements of travel, arts and culture. I think it is important to support genuine craftsmanship, so I took the chance to be part of this project by shooting a Kilometre shirt.
Why did you want to shoot Pantin ?
I was inspired by the place. Pantin is a secluded urban location, free from any aesthetic constraints. Like a virgin territory.
Who is your model for Pantin ?
I picked a very good friend of mine Roxana Cirligel. I instantly thought her personality would suit the shirt. She has studied psychology and has a pensive yet bold expression that made her perfect for the idea I had in mind.
What was your creative process for Pantin ?
We went to Delta Vacaresti, a natural reservation in the middle of Bucharest near a residential neighborhood with modern flats. The contrast between those tall buildings and the wild, untouched delta is striking and very inspiring. There’s not so much vegetation in the final photo. The disparity between the delicate shirt and the rough skyscraper in the background is interesting.
To read more about Felicia and her partnership with Kilometre,
stay tuned for another article.
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