Jean-Paul Gaultier and J.M. Weston join the Comité Colbert

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The Colbert Committee is starting the year well with the addition of two new members: J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier. Two houses that represent the French genius in terms of know-how and creativity…even if the name of the first one can be confusing.

 

With the arrival of J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier, the association created in 1954 at the initiative of Jean-Jacques Guerlain, now includes 93 French companies, flagships of French luxury, 17 cultural institutions (such as the Louvre Museum or the Paris Opera) and 6 European members.

 

The two newcomers belong to two of the fourteen professions represented by the Comité Colbert, namely Leather Goods for J.M Weston and Fashion and Haute Couture for Jean Paul Gaultier. Among the other fields represented by this unique voice of French luxury: Publishing, Earthenware and Porcelain, Wines and Spirits, Gastronomy, Art of the Table, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Palaces, Watchmaking and Jewelry….

 

Founded in 1891 by Edouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston has managed to preserve its craftsmanship and handiwork, a rare occurrence in the French shoe industry. Very soon after the inauguration of its luxury shoe factory in Limoges, J.M. Weston acquired the expertise of “Goodyear” sewing, imported in 1904 by Eugène, Edouard’s son, after a trip to the United States… in the town of Weston. When he took over the reins in the 1920s, Eugène refined the range, offering sizes in five widths, in addition to the more traditional lengths. Customers can still find this adaptation at the brand, which is still manufactured in the Limoges factory. More than 140 craftsmen perpetuate the traditional know-how. With more than 40 points of sale in France and abroad, the House has been able to make them radiate throughout the world.

 

Much more recent, Jean Paul Gaultier, founded in 1976 by the talented designer of the same name, has since reinvented itself. Quickly noticed for his talent, his sense of humor, and very pioneering on the theme of inclusion (race, age…), the enfant terrible of fashion entered the very restricted cenacle of Haute Couture in 1997. The House is still part of it, even since Jean-Paul Gaultier’s farewell to fashion in early 2020. Sold in mid-2021 to the Spanish group Puig, a specialist in perfumes, it has since begun a new “collective era“. The reins of its Haute Couture creation are entrusted to renowned guest designers, successively Chitose Abe, founder of the brand Sacai, Glenn Martens and finally Olivier Rousteing. Next on the list: Colombian Haider Ackermann, who will lend his talent to the Haute Couture collection for spring-summer 2023.

 

In the ready-to-wear segment, Jean-Paul Gaultier has also used the collaboration formula in recent seasons, notably with Lotta Volkova, Y/Project, or Nike x Sacai, to reinvent himself.

 

Vincent Thilloy, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Chief Brand Officer, said today that he was “very happy to join the Colbert Committee and its prestigious members, and proud to be able to contribute to the influence of French know-how, particularly through a new and collaborative Haute Couture approach. “The values of inclusiveness and diversity specific to our house will be at the heart of our contributions” he announced.

 

The Colbert Committee is very pleased with the arrival of these two new members whose history, quality of expertise and creation as well as recognition both in our country and internationally will enrich the exchanges and actions within our association,” said Bénédicte Epinay, General Delegate of the Colbert Committee.

 

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The Colbert Committee is starting the year well with the addition of two new members: J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier. Two houses that represent the French genius in terms of know-how and creativity…even if the name of the first one can be confusing.

 

With the arrival of J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier, the association created in 1954 at the initiative of Jean-Jacques Guerlain, now includes 93 French companies, flagships of French luxury, 17 cultural institutions (such as the Louvre Museum or the Paris Opera) and 6 European members.

 

The two newcomers belong to two of the fourteen professions represented by the Comité Colbert, namely Leather Goods for J.M Weston and Fashion and Haute Couture for Jean Paul Gaultier. Among the other fields represented by this unique voice of French luxury: Publishing, Earthenware and Porcelain, Wines and Spirits, Gastronomy, Art of the Table, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Palaces, Watchmaking and Jewelry….

 

Founded in 1891 by Edouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston has managed to preserve its craftsmanship and handiwork, a rare occurrence in the French shoe industry. Very soon after the inauguration of its luxury shoe factory in Limoges, J.M. Weston acquired the expertise of “Goodyear” sewing, imported in 1904 by Eugène, Edouard’s son, after a trip to the United States… in the town of Weston. When he took over the reins in the 1920s, Eugène refined the range, offering sizes in five widths, in addition to the more traditional lengths. Customers can still find this adaptation at the brand, which is still manufactured in the Limoges factory. More than 140 craftsmen perpetuate the traditional know-how. With more than 40 points of sale in France and abroad, the House has been able to make them radiate throughout the world.

 

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The Colbert Committee is starting the year well with the addition of two new members: J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier. Two houses that represent the French genius in terms of know-how and creativity…even if the name of the first one can be confusing.

 

With the arrival of J.M. Weston and Jean Paul Gaultier, the association created in 1954 at the initiative of Jean-Jacques Guerlain, now includes 93 French companies, flagships of French luxury, 17 cultural institutions (such as the Louvre Museum or the Paris Opera) and 6 European members.

 

The two newcomers belong to two of the fourteen professions represented by the Comité Colbert, namely Leather Goods for J.M Weston and Fashion and Haute Couture for Jean Paul Gaultier. Among the other fields represented by this unique voice of French luxury: Publishing, Earthenware and Porcelain, Wines and Spirits, Gastronomy, Art of the Table, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Palaces, Watchmaking and Jewelry….

 

Founded in 1891 by Edouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston has managed to preserve its craftsmanship and handiwork, a rare occurrence in the French shoe industry. Very soon after the inauguration of its luxury shoe factory in Limoges, J.M. Weston acquired the expertise of “Goodyear” sewing, imported in 1904 by Eugène, Edouard’s son, after a trip to the United States… in the town of Weston. When he took over the reins in the 1920s, Eugène refined the range, offering sizes in five widths, in addition to the more traditional lengths. Customers can still find this adaptation at the brand, which is still manufactured in the Limoges factory. More than 140 craftsmen perpetuate the traditional know-how. With more than 40 points of sale in France and abroad, the House has been able to make them radiate throughout the world.

 

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Sophie Michentef has worked for more than 30 years in the professional press. For fifteen years, she managed the French and international editorial staff of the Journal du Textile. She now puts her press, textile, fashion, and luxury expertise at the service of newspapers, professional organizations, and companies.

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