Contributors

Our team shares perspectives on know-how and local production across the globe.

Magali An Berthon

Made in Montréal. Magali An Berthon wears two hats: textile designer and journalist. Graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she works as a freelance textile designer for fashion and decoration collections, with a preference for patterns and ethnic textiles. In parallel, she works as an editor and she is specialized in textile know-how all around the world.

Cédric Balaguier

Made in Versailles. As a self-taught movie producer and director, he created his own audiovisual production company New Wave Production in 2005. First specialized in corporate, publicity and short movies, New Wave turned to documentary production and often works for TV shows. Passionate about cinema, Cédric likes drawing from fiction visual codes for his documentary screens. He is a Made in Town regular contributor, especially he participated at the production of Verrerie La Rochère, La Magie du Verre and Aubusson, La Cité de la Tapisserie series.

Cécile Beuzelin

Made in Pointe-à-Pitre. An historian of art specialised in Italian Renaissance painting and fellow of the Académie de France in Rome - Villa Medici in 2008-2010, she teaches at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the École du Louvre. The author of severals books and articles about Renaissance art, she curated the exhibition Raphael: Last Years (2012, Louvre/Prado). Passionate about creation in all its aspects, she is a researcher and theorist on the field of know-how and crafts, and wishes to contribute to the opening of bridges between traditional and contemporary creation.

 

Vanessa Clairet

An art historian and lecturer at the École du Louvre and the Sorbonne, she is currently Director of Communications at the Perrotin Art Gallery (New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo). She is also the author of several critical texts on art, fashion and architecture: Artists-architects: new aesthetic proposals, 2011, The modern city: the utopia of a total Art, 2010, Katinka Bock, The Eye of the North reactivated, 2008 or Fredrik Vaerslev, Landscape under surveillance, 2016. She previously directed the Michel Rein art gallery, worked at the Architecture-Studio agency, and was in charge of patronage at fashion house agnès b.

Mathilde Clément

Made in Clamart. Passionate about art history, Mathilde thrives in creative environments, with a special affinity for the worlds of textile and object design. She puts her pen at the service of the valorization of crafts and materials, in order to bring to the attention of the general public the meaning and the work of artisans and designers from all around the world.

Fabien Cluzel

For a long time, he was a specialized journalist in education and culture, he turned to the communication on behalf of institutions (universities, local collectivities) and companies. He went through Sciences Po and he is interested in attractiveness issues of territories which suffer because of the tropism of the major regional cities, especially with young people undergo training. He is also a partner and the founder of Mapp’Rando, website valuing trekking route. Otherwise, he wrote a critical essay about the Catholic Church’s history (Privat).

Maxime Desmet

Made in Strasbourg. Graduated in communication and management sciences at the Institut Français de la Mode, he develops a digital communication expertise about fashion, that is why he worked with houses such as Dior, Valentino or Nina Ricci. Passionate about menswear, he edits an online magazine Sodandy since 2009.

Pascal Gautrand

Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.

Angèle Hernu

Made in Amiens. Angèle Rincheval-Hernu is graduated from Sciences Po and the Institut Français de la Mode. After a ready-to-wear marketing experience (Hermès, Prada, Miu Miu), she joined in 2007 the communication direction at Yohji Yamamoto house. Working now as a freelancer, she is the author of Trésors du Vintage published by La Martinière, writes for fashion brands and parisian cultural clubs, and contributes to the Maison d’Exceptions online magazine dedicated to textile know-how.

Made in Town

Made in Paris, 2009. A spot in Paris, a digital platform and an online magazine dedicated to know-how in the domains of fashion, textile and design. A program including workshops, screenings, meetings, and a selection of artisanal and industrial products.

Léa Liabastre

Made in Nantes. Graduated in fashion and textile design, Lea explores the bridges between traditional technics and contemporary design. For a year in the moroccan south, she supports a network of weavers in the development of a cooperative specialized in a local textile art. Her career led her then to Burkina Faso. Artistic coordinator of a residency in 2016, she mixes knowledge of refugees touareg craftsmen and young designers in order to manufacture a collection for the project Design for Peace. Her approach: perpetuate ancestral know-how by initiating ethical and creative partnerships on local and international scale. 

Geoff Mino

Made in Yonkers. Geoff completed his masters at Institut Français de la Mode following a degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. After spending time with Made in Town in Paris, he worked in fine dining and artisanal cheese-making in Marfa, Texas. He currently lives in Shanghai.

Adriano Pistola

Made in Rome. He starts his professional career by working in the communication department at Dino Editore, a publishing house on the luxury book market. He enters the fashion business after he graduates in marketing and communication at the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome. Fascinated by the quality of Italian know-how, he is passionate about menswear and he aspires to be one of the Made in Italy spokesperson, which has been seducing the whole word for decades.

Léandra Ricou

Made in Fontenay-aux-Roses. Both a freelance writer and a press agent, she writes about fashion and people behind it: designers, craftsmen and industrialists. She is a regular contributor on Maison d’Exceptions and Made in France Première Vision online magazines, among others. She is graduated from the Institut de Management et de Communication Interculturels, formerly Institut Supérieur d’Interprétation et de Traduction and from the Institut Français de la Mode.

Hélène Schmitt

Made in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. After completing a law degree, she turned her attention to the luxury sector with the Master of Science in Luxury and Design Management at the Institut de Commerce de Nancy (ICN Business School). Passionate about know-how since her childhood, she was fortunate to be raised in contact with two popular crafts from her native region and from France – textile manufacturing and baking – and experience their manufacturing process. She learned the values of craftsmanship, which for her are the respect of raw materials, the perfection of the products and the proximity with artisans, industrials and designers. Curious by nature, she wants to commit herself to promoting the numerous skills, cultures and customs in France and around the world, as well as share with the public the stories about fabrication that come along with them.

Andrea Spezzigu

Made in Sassari. He has always been passionate about fashion, he graduated in Law at LUISS University of Rome, where he lives and works, over the years he acquired an expertise in institutional communication. From now on, he is in charge of public relations and event planning, and he is also a consultant for AltaRoma.

Jean-Philippe Trapp

Made in Metz. A graduate from the Institut de Commerce de Nancy (ICN Business School), where he attended a cross-disciplinary management program dedicated to the luxury industry, he initiated a study as part of his master’s thesis on the role of craftsmanship in this specific sector and its ability to contribute to the emergence of new production systems. It is when working at the Institut National des Métiers d’Art that he discovered the true wealth of the French heritage. He now wishes to educate the public about local know-how from all over the world and their cultural roots, through a selection of diverse projects in the fields of fashion, design and art.