Photo credit: Vincent Baldensperger
L'Aubusson belongs to a cutlery creative renewal, and cuts an original spot in the new companies committed into keeping alive French local heritage. The pocket knives collections are the expression of an encounter between two crafts: tapestry and blacksmiths work, respectively practiced by L'Aubusson two founders, Marie-Armelle and David Baldenspenger.
At a time when the French law is extending the rights concerning the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) to industry products, L'Aubusson, whose workshop is based in the Creuse area two steps away from the eponymous town, is developing exclusive handcrafted folding knives. Borrowing its name from the iconic Aubusson tapestry, acknowledged UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, the young cutlery house has relied on this traditional art worldwide recognition.
The craft duo has chosen to use noble materials such as brass, ebony wood and damascus steel, and revisiting the tapestry history through their knives which handle include an antique Aubusson cardboard piece or an original tapestry scrap. These gouache cartons made by painters were used as models to supply the craftsmen.
Each piece is unique coming with an authenticity certificate, offering a particular metal work, with blades sharpened in different steel shades, just polished, coming straight out of forge or treated with the damascus technic. Aubusson, I am writing your name...
In 2014, L'Aubusson's knives are on Made in Town summer inventory list.
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.
In his shop in Melbourne, Australia, Aidan Mackinnon lovingly forges high quality knives so that they can be used and passed on to generations of cooks.
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.
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.