Atelier du Mouscaillou
A Green Escape
Eric Alexandre at work
Eric and Marina Alexandre welcome visitors looking for an authentic experience at the crossroads between craft and tourism.
For a weekend, the hosts can inhale the air of the mountain mixed with the smell of leather. Nearby their guestrooms, holiday-makers can discover the tools, the gestures and the know-how to witness how the couple’s creations are locally made. Eric and Marina are also offering week-long workshops and trainings to manipulate leather.
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.
Royal Copenhagen, official royal porcelain supplier, was founded in Copenhagen in 1775 under the patronage of Queen Juliane Marie. This venerable house still carries on the hand painted tradition of porcelain, in a typically Danish know-how which has made its reputation worldwide. Emblem of a Danish unprecedented sophistication, Royal Copenhagen tableware is recognizable by the whiteness of its pottery and its delicate hand painted florals, expression of long hours of precise work of their in-house craftsmen. It is therefore rather surprising to find out that the majority of its production is no longer made in Denmark as one might imagine, but in Thailand, in a large workshop located in Saraburi, near Bangkok.
On the occasion of the opening of our atelier, Made in Town proposes, for the first time in Paris, the exhibition When in Rome, do as Romans do. The project, initially developed in 2009 by fashion designer Pascal Gautrand during his residency at the Villa Médicis, takes as its pretext a men's shirt in order to display the richness of artisanship and the inherent multiplicity of local fabrication incarnated by made-to-measure tailoring.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.