Since 2010, the House of Causse has launched a series of artistic collaborations with painters, graffiti artists and graphic designers under the name “Causse
Arty”. Faithful to the resolutely modern spirit of the company and to a desire over the years to unify the exploration of fashion and of art, these collaborations associate the creative universe of the artists with the glove-making know-how of the company to give birth to singular gloves produced in limited editions. Examples include the “Rainbow” gloves created with the duo Masomenos, gloves marked with the famous character “Mister A” of graffiti artist André…
For this new partnership, Causse has worked together with artist and performer Jean-Luc Verna to produce a “tattoo” glove, screen-printed directly onto the leather, reproducing the same tattoos that the artist wears on his arms.
Jean-Luc Verna is represented by the gallery Air de Paris (32, rue Louis Weiss – 75013 Paris – www.airdeparis.com). jlverna.online.fr
“VOCATION EVOCATION, voyage to the heart of French savoir-faire” was initiated in 2011 by the photographer Sophie Brändström in collaboration with Valérie Paumelle, artistic producer. By making an in-depth study of twelve craft-based companies which are references in their fields and excel in their savoir-faire, they offer a glimpse of the rich heritage of French craftsmanship.
This project, which takes the form of photographic essays accompanied by texts shedding light on the history of the craftsmen, invites the visitor behind the scenes of these places, rich in history, to discover the secrets of fabrication of unique objects, to explore little-known crafts, to contemplate the portraits of craftsmen that oblige admiration.
This approach brings to light the savoir-faire of companies which perfectly illustrate French prestige, with products emphasising the values of beauty and quality, and through these, dreams. But far beyond the cleverness of the hands, the exhibition stresses the human aspect, bearing witness to a world of work: if the lens has focussed on tools, raw materials, places, it is just as interested in gestures, exchanges and complicity.
During their Tour de France of craft company factories, which has taken them, among others, to the porcelain-maker Bernardaud and the boot-maker J.M.Weston in Limoges, the goldsmith Puiforcat in Paris or the silk manufacturer Tassinari et Chatel in Lyons, Sophie Brändström and Valérie Paumelle also stopped in Millau.
They invite us to discover their view, full of humanity, through fifty images taken in the workshops of the Causse glove factory, founded in 1892, which is the guarantor of glove-making savoir-faire handed down over four generations.
The perfumed glove is a symbol of luxury and refinement, which finds its origin during the reign of Louis XIII, who introduced the title of Master Glover and Perfumer at the French court in 1614.
Today, for the first time, the Maison Causse, glovers since 1892 in Millau, a major centre for French glove making, renew this prestigious but forgotten art by associating with Iunx Perfumes in Paris and the Alric tannery in Millau, to revive the art of perfumed gloves through a new and fully contemporary vision.
The Ether perfume created by Olivia Giacobetti for Iunx in 2003 reveals itself in a new guise to sublimate the washed lamb leather and give birth to a glove subtly scented with myrrh, cooked rose and sweet wood, dedicated to 21st-century ‘élégantes’.
The glove, symbol of French chic, fascinates today’s China.
Causse is presenting its 2011 collection of gloves in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Peking throughout the winter, invited by the prestigious On Pedder boutiques.
The whole universe of the House of Causse is given a place of honour in each of the multi-brand luxury boutiques with a display of the company’s know-how and creativity using glove-making tools, photographs of the workshops and “collector’s” gloves, and by recreating the decor of the Causse glove shop at 12, rue de Castiglione in Paris.
Recognition in China for the company founded in 1892 in Millau, epitome of French glove-making know-how, and a sign of eternal youth for a House that will celebrate its 120th birthday in 2012!
Published in October 2010, "La Parisienne" has had a phenomenal success…commensurate with the status of its author, the most famous French model of all time.
In this joyous guidebook, written with the help of Sophie Gachet, journalist at ELLE magazine, Inès de la Fressange reveals all her tips for style, beauty, decoration…and her favourite addresses. The Causse boutique at 12, rue de la Castiglione figures prominently in her lifestyle address list, which is at once light and indispensable.
"To be parisienne, she assures her readers, goes way beyond dressing well. It is first and foremost a state of mind, a feeling of liberty. It's knowing how to mix eras, people, fashions. The parisienne isn't a fashion victim, she isn't a victim of anything, she is at once insolent, frivolous and profound. She's a mixture of Brigitte Bardot and Simone de Beauvoir. In my guidebook, I didn't want to give instructions, but advice".
"La Parisienne" by Inès de le Fressange and Sophie Gachet, paperback, 238 pages. Editions Flammarion (25€, format 15.6 x 23.6 cm).
Graffiti artist André is known for his "brush names" such as Mr. A, as well as for his "love
He hesitated for a long time before leaving the street for the galleries. But after having changed the nightlife of cities such as Paris, New York and Tokyo, he has given new life to his character through numerous collaborations.
For his latest venture, André has called upon the House of Causse, prestigious glove-maker to the stars, to produce a driving glove screen-printed with his famous character.
Produced in a limited edition, the mitten is well on its way to becoming a cult object for fashionistas and "trendy art" boys and girls.
"MANI" is the plural of the Italian word "MANO" which means "hand".
"I doubled the word when I remembered that when she was little my daughter liked a poem in "Hyakunin Ishu" which said: "Konotabi wa nusa mo toriaezu Tamukeyama momiji no nishiki kami no mani mani" because of its "mani mani".
Reiko Fukushima's gloves transport us into a poetic world which perfectly mirrors the soul and spirit of Japan.
Her work is original, practically surreal, showing gloves based on the most unexpected subjects and with the most extraordinary shapes.
Her favourite themes illustrate flora, fauna, the universe and its elements but also characters from Japanese mythology with the same grace and the same degree of fantasy: octopus gloves, gloves representing panthers, trees or magnolias, hot-air balloons, twinkling stars or the God of the winds. Her gloves push back the limits of traditional glove-making and are real technical feats in themselves.
In just over thirty years of creating gloves, Reiko has built up an oeuvre which is rich and unique in the world of glove-making.
Reiko Fukushima is a designer who was born in 1941 in Tokyo.
She studied industrial design at the University of Chiba in Japan until 1966, but it was really fashion that attracted her. She first designed handbags, then became a fashion co-ordinator before joining the Berço studio in Paris in 1973 to study fashion design. Already enthusiastic about gloves, she went to Wrexham in Wales to learn manufacturing techniques.
Her glove designs have been exhibited in numerous galleries in Japan since 1984 and have formed the subject of publications, including "Mani Mani" in 1995. Three of her "bird-mitten" designs are in the permanent collection of the Fashion and Textile Museum in Paris.
In 1998 she was named senior lecturer at the Bunka Gakuen fashion school/costume museum in Tokyo, which has trained great Japanese fashion designers such as Kenzo Takada, Yohji Yamamoto, and Tsumori Chisato, to name a few of the best-known, as well as at the Aichi Prefecture art school in Nagoya in 1999.
The oh-so-funky duo Masomenos is the glittering alliance between Joan Costes, graphic designer and DJ and Adrien de Maublanc, film-maker and sound-producer. Both get their kicks through Welcome to Masomenos (WTM), an audiovisual structure which presents, in a thousand different ways, their universe: spontaneous, playful, psychedelic and without limits. There's music of course: among others the sun-soaked compilation Bon Voyage (2007) and the very underground Livemix Project (an album and 8 EPs), clothes, notably cashmere scarves by Lucien Pellat Finet carrying the designs of their irresistible mascots, a gang of facetious, multi-coloured animals recalling childhood, not forgetting their wild and henceforth not-to-be-missed shop-souk flashy/fuchsia full of wonderful, crazy articles.
Never short of effervescent initiatives, the Masomenos universe continues to expand with, this time, gloves: immaculate white for the fingers, coloured pop-giga waves for the wrists, leather, made-to-measure, hand-made by Causse, the number one for veritable luxury gloves, made using their ancestral savoir-faire at Millau in the Aveyron, world glove capital – what class!
For sale to order, obviously, at Masomenos Shop, 34, rue du Mont Thabor, but also at Causse, 12 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1er.
Photo : Tinko Czetwertynski
Text : Charlotte Guillemin
Since 2008, Causse has launched a series of collaborations under the name "Causse Atelier" with fashion houses and designers whose prestigious know-how is expressed through traditional hand-made methods carried out in their workshops.
These collaborations have given birth to gloves and other exceptional objects produced in limited editions. For its third such collaboration, after the bejewelled gloves created with the Italian designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi in Rome and the embroidered gloves made with the house of Lesage in Paris, Causse has just released a glove case made by the luggage-maker Pinel & Pinel in Paris.
This case, designed exclusively for Causse, is entirely hand-covered in Pinel & Pinel's workshops.
The book entitled "Gantier" (glove-maker) in the “Métier d’Art” (craftsmanship) collection published in 2007 by "Au Fil du Temps" presents a series of images about savoir-faire, taken by the photographer Patrice Thébault in the Causse workshops at Millau: "What Patrice Thébault shows us here goes beyond a simple inventory of virtuoso techniques. In the Causse workshops he has captured the sensuality of the materials, the precision of the gestures, the concentration on the faces, the dexterity of the hands, the very special atmosphere impregnated with the subtle odour of leather. One can sense the practiced eye, the unparalleled sense of touch. The whole art of making gloves". (48 pages; black and white photos; format 15 cm x 15 cm) – On sale in the Causse boutiques in Paris and Millau.