We came across this beautiful, sustainable company from an article featured on Vogue.com and have fallen in love with the concept. HÔTEL is a French brand started by Alexandra Hartmann transforming high quality curtain fabrics, mainly from hotels in Paris, into uniquely crafted statement clothing.
Alexandra left France, her country of origin, to study film and fashion in Copenhagen, Denmark at the school of design and technology. She interned for Henrik Vibskov as a freelance designer and after decided to start her own brand in the spring of 2017.
The whole philosophy behind Hôtel is to embrace the imperfections of the curtains; every fabric and every piece is unique and is hand made in the same studio in Paris Belleville. The entire production is local from start to finish, from the fabric to the buttons (some of which date all the way back to the 1940’s). Every curtain is handpicked with the intention to create something special.
“There is a kind of poetry in the fabrics that I try to reuse.” Alexandra Hartmann, owner of HÔTEL
“I often think of everything that these curtains must have seen and heard. I always imagine that it’s still there somewhere in the fabric I reuse” Alexandra Hartmann, owner of HÔTEL
Working with recovered fabrics is not just a matter of means, but an active choice. It breathes new life into these discarded items by turning them into truly unique pieces. Working with these materials is a thoughtful process. There is very little fabric waste since the size of the curtain is already a restriction. The fabric imposes itself to you and you need to improvise and work with what you get, It´s a process that can take a lot of time. It’s simple and complex all at once.