W Y L D E Paris's Marylène and Clarissa, your creations are wonderfully unisex. Does the designing process differ from designing menswear/womenswear collections?
No it doesn’t, the process is the same. The most important thing is to follow the inspiration without compromising, and then propose a comfortable wear - so gender doesn’t count.
Actually, W Y L D E ’s creation was first inspired by menswear that's designed for women. After that, it moved progressively to no gender clothing and menswear clothing. Now, we pay more attention to the fits of the pieces so that they will fit perfectly both men and women.
We love that your materials are upcycled! How do you collect them? Has it been hard to source them?
We collect parts of our material in Rouen (North-West of France), from a huge warehouse which collects vintage second hand clothing. We choose the best quality pieces, with resistant materials and trendy colors and fabrics. With those materials, we produce our capsule collections with unique, handmade pieces.
For our main collections, we source new fabrics from international trade shows that present the best French weavers and the most innovative techniques for up-cycled fabrics. Our main partners are located in the south of France where the yarn is produced from up-cycled cotton, and our weavers create brand new denim and poplin fabrics with it. This is the best environmental solution to create new clothing with no ecological impact. The process of creation of the fabrics is difficult as we don’t have a large offer of material. But it challenges our creativity; our pieces have audacious cuts, original shapes on basic materials like soft uni-color poplin and raw denim!