Designer Gilles Rosier restarts from leather (nonetheless, Italian) with the brand Éternel Parisien. The brand is the result of two years of studies and research conducted by Gilles himself. The stylist is currently director of the clothing design department of the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. Rosier, founder and artistic director of Éternel Parisien, has already worked for Balmain, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dior, Lacoste and Kenzo (of which he has been artistic director for four years). To launch its new brand, it started with high-end leather goods. For example? With bags, shopping bags, tote bags, belt bags and various iPad cases, as well as small leather goods and design objects.
Starting from an idea
“Production started this year, even though I had thought of the brand name three years ago”, says Gilles Rosier. “The concept of Éternel Parisien refers to the Parisian spirit and also to his self-irony – says the designer, who works in the French capital, but has also spent long periods in Italy -. As for production, for the moment it is carried out in the best artisan workshops in Paris, also to support local craftsmanship and minimise the environmental impact”. Éternel Parisien is conceived as a concept brand: soon it will also be launching clothing and other items.
Which leather for the brand
“At the moment, I use two leathers, both vegetable tanned. One is a little more thick – he says – with a matte wax finish that I use for the details of the bags and small leather goods”. And the other? “A softer one. For the next productions, I will also use Italian leathers that I have identified, and that are of great quality. I also work with Italian suppliers for some accessories. It is important to obtain supplies from European tanneries – he concludes – who know how to guarantee ethical standards”.