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© Marithé + François Girbaud 2020

HIPPOKAMPF

Of all the vegetable pigments, blue was undoubtedly the most difficult to use. Originally produced from the essence of the isatis tinctoria (woad) and indigofera tinctoria (true indigo) plants, the colour was obtained through a process of fermentation and oxidation.


Originally from the Tarn region in France, François was born in the “Land of Cocagne” (cocagne = woad flower pulp from which the blue dye is extracted), which is undoubtedly what influenced his contribution to the industrialisation of the washing process to artificially age denim.

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We’ve developed a fabric to meet the needs of a new kind of tailoring; mixing the world of business and streetwear culture by breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers.

 

Grisaglia was originally a refined worsted wool or cotton fabric woven by alternating black and white yarns, resulting in grey or blue tones. This particularly monochromatic fabric was often used for business as well as made-to-measure suits.

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NEW COMFORT FOR MOVEMENT 

Today’s city dwellers are often on the move from one appointment to another, and their clothes must stand the challenge of 24 hours a day use. To respond to these exigencies, we’ve developed an Indigo Grisaglia woven with vertical stretch providing new ease of movement. "Verticalised elasticity".

 

Modern tailoring reworked by the 21st century.

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