November 30th, 2015
Métiers d’Art is a French term referring to crafts that combine traditional skills with cutting-edge savoir-faire, transforming fashion materials into unique or limited-edition creations. Such craft skills are truly a question of artistry, creating something extraordinary.
Chanel acquired the first of its exceptional craft workshops in 2002, now part of its Maisons d'Art label, including Lemarié (feathers and flowers maker, 1880), Causse (glovemaker, 1892), Massaro (shoe maker, 1894), Barrie (knitwear, 1903), Lesage (embroiderer, 1924), Desrues (costume jewellery and button maker, 1929), Maison Michel (hat maker, 1936), Montex (embroiderer, 1939), Lognon (master pleater, 1945) and Goossens (goldsmith, 1950).
© Delphine Achard
September 7th, 2015
Now available in boutiques and on chanel.com
July 10th, 2015
February 25th, 2015
It takes 4 to 5 years for each craftsperson on the site to learn how to perfectly master the techniques necessary for the manufacture. The iconic Chanel handbag demands over 180 manufacturing operations and as many minute gestures.
Selecting the skin requires a rigorous control, each one must be perfect. Then, the cut of each piece of the bag's body is made according to a template outlining the pattern. The points of the cut must follow the scales of an exotic skin or the patterns of a tweed. The pieces of the bag's body are then "pared down", quilted using a needle and assembled.
First mounted flat and inside out, like a Ready-to-Wear piece, the bag takes on volume little by little. The body and base are brought together with the "bag in bag" technique: a first bag is mounted to constitute the interior and then a second for the exterior, each one assembled by hand. The craftsperson can then turn the bags inside out. The finishing touches demand several other delicate manipulations before the final control and the ritual of wrapping.
December 5th, 2014
Film in the ateliers of the Maisons d'Art.