When it comes to seeing his name and work pop up on our blog, instagram our Facebook page, Collin Garrity is no stranger. As our in-house woodworker, Collin is always coming up with some new and exciting project to contribute to the store, which makes it all the easier to talk about him. Collin's breadth of work has been expanding since day one, leaving his comfort zone of children's toys to explore new territory of lighting fixtures, furniture, Christmas ornaments and fashion accessories, which brings us to what we're most excited about at the moment. Recently contacted by one of France's leading fashion designers Christophe Lemaire, Collin created numerous handmade wooden toggles that act as clasps on Lemaire's current line of belts. As you can see from the photos below (courtesy of Elle France) Collin's toggles have now been featured in Vogue UK, Elle France and have been seen walking down the runway of Paris' Fashion Week! Our excitement is through the roof and Collin is living proof that you never know where things may take you and to live out one's passion in life is an absolute must.
From ChristopheLemaire.com :
Christophe Lemaire designs the clothes he would like to wear himself, and the result is possibly the most universal garde-robe. The ideal wardrobe is the perennial theme of his collections, timeless yet precise garments for each one to mix according to the mood and moment to create a very personal unform. He solves the equation of a garment that is completely wearable for a diverse range of individuals looking for pieces both quiet and singular.
In june 2010, Christophe Lemaire is named artistic director of Hermès women ready to wear and presented his first collection in march with cordial welcome. “The choice was made very naturally. Christophe Lemaire designs sport chic garments exactly in the spirit of the ones created by Hermès since the 1920’s says Pierre Alexis Dumas, artistic director of the house, seduced by his perennial approach to fashion.”
For more information visit www.christophelemaire.com