There are names that we cannot forget. And among all the great fashion designers, definitely we will always remember Jean-Claude Jitrois as the master of Skin. This winter, the iconic Fashion house is launching its first Handbag collection based on their know-how on leather. Jean-Claude Jitrois is our Fashion Designer of the month.
Faithful to the Jitrois aesthetic, the Margot adopts three different luxury guises; deep aqua crocodile, pearl grey python and soft grège leather. With sharp and pure lines reminiscent of the structured style of the 1950s, the Margot bag is crafted entirely in France and stands as a testimony to the unique savoir-faire of the French ateliers. Particular care has been taken in its unique composition with both sides of the outer shell forming an elegant casing, enveloping the interior. The handle, stitched by hand at its base on a leather mount with loops of polished steel, is the finishing touch to this exquisite creation. The choice in such exotic skins as crocodile and python sets the Margot apart in its status of exceptional sophistication.
But do not be fooled by its classical appearances. The Margot’s subtle modernity lies in the precise dimensions of the zipped inner pouch, in which one can carry a tablet or e-reader as if in a made-to-measure case. Jean-Claude Jitrois has succeeded in the most audacious of unions, ingeniously fusing the ultimate symbol of feminine sophistication with that of the hyper-modernity of our age.
To hand, on the wrist or with the removable shoulder strap, the Margot adapts effortlessly from day into night. Much more than an ‘It’ bag, it has the power to seduce both devotees of haute-gamme style and disciples of understated chic alike. A line of belts and bracelets to complement the Margot complete the new range.
“Nothing is deeper than skin” – Paul Valery
Jean-Claude Jitrois was born in 1944 in Narbonne. He grew up in Aix-en-Provence and then follows his father’s assignments, military in Algeria:Oran and Algiers. At eighteen, he left for Paris to study. In 1976, he opened his first shop, Rue Tondutil Escarène in Nice. There he meets artists of the School of Nice as Caesar, Ben, and Niki de Saint Phalle. He will open two other shops on the Riviera, Juan-les-Pins and Saint-Tropez. In 1983 he opened his first store in own name in Paris at 38 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, it is now the flagship store of the house. In 2001, Jean-Claude Jitrois was awarded the Legion of Honor.
We cannot talk about Jitrois without remembering his great obsession: Leather. Thanks to the creative talent of Jean-Claude Jitrois, leather gained its noble status among precious fashion fabrics. The designer tries to find the balance between worldly cocktails and underground parties. His father, airman, wearing a leather jacket. Jean-Claude Jitrois greatly admired him, which led him to construct the garment into a symbol. Its goal is to make it live and breathe in the street.
Check here a video of his latest collection A/W 2011:
Do not hesitate to check the designer official website: http://www.jitrois.com
Info sourced at jitrois.com and the brand youtube channel.