On the Road of Craftsmanship
ON THE ROAD OF CRAFTSMANSHIP
December 14-15, 2013
Made in Town
Folkdays is born from the travel discoveries of Lisa, Heidi and Kimon, three friends who fall in love with various local crafts while abroad. Wanting to support the local businesses they had found and sharing the techniques they had seen, they partnered with seven artisans to create a selection of bags, jewellery and accessories available under the brand Folkdays.
Currently, the project comprises a blog and online shop that not only displays the products but spotlights the artisans themselves, documenting them in action vis à vis their specific crafts.
Between Cambodian ikat printing, Thai silversmithing, or Laotian vine-weaving, Folkdays forms small-scale partnerships with a long-term view. In addition to paying fair wages for the work of their partners, they also invest 10% of their profits into the development of the production facilities.
By introducing remote producers to online consumers who would otherwise be unable to discover them, Folkdays develops the viability and visibility of preserving various ancestral know-how. Visitors to Folkdays will encounter not just products and regions, but also faces and names, forging connections which would otherwise be impossible.
The trio will soon be traveling again – this time to India and Bangladesh in early 2014 – and hope to expand their line into home-goods in the near future.
In 1988, Maryline Bellieud-Vigouroux created the Institut Mode Méditerranée, which will be renamed Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) in 2010. It brings to light and supports young fashion designers based in the Mediterranean area and helps them to become entrepreneurs.
On the occasion of Paris Fashion Week, Made in Town welcomes Anahide Saint André for the presentation of a limited edition of dresses showcasing the combination of gestures and know-how of Confection de Sully and Plissés de France.
In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of six video interviews of French and European designers, who have integrated the know-how of the glass factory into their creations. Each in their own way, they mastered glass.