Skin Deep Leather Work
For thirty years Xavier Catala has been working as a leather craftsman, making belts in all shapes and sizes in his workshop located in Sémalens, south of France.
His unconditional love affair with belts dates back to the times when many fashion designers could not do without them in their collections, which prompted him to found the Faune company and specialized in this particular craft. Since then, he has been designing and manufacturing thousands of models with the same passion and dedication.
Faune took part in the Made in Town / Montagne Noire exhibition, which was held from October 21, 2015 to February 13, 2016 at the Made in Town gallery in Paris.
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.
The e.g.m. collective takes its name from the initials of its founders: Elsa, Grichka and Martin, three graphic designers trained at the Arts Décoratifs of Paris. In the context of the Auto-productions cycle at Made in Town, they focus on experimentation with their drawing machine as the spearhead of their approach. In association with Label XVI, which creates unique objects by way of serial production, e.g.m. will produce in situ, through the aid of permanent markers, a series of drawings upon silk and cotton scarves.
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.