PARIS — Out to trip the present revival of the Paris procuring scene, Mourad Behlouli is swooping into Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of the French capital, with a brand new retail idea that straddles the border between artwork and vogue.
“I didn’t want to open another street art gallery — there are already several of these,” Behlouli mentioned, describing his new retail house, referred to as L’Avant Coureur, a French time period that relays the notion of a precursor.
Located in a 650-square-foot house, the concrete house will characteristic males’s and ladies’s put on and sneakers, with non-public gross sales a number of days a month. The retailer lists manufacturers like Yeezy, Enfants Riches Déprimés, Supreme, Ami, Takashi Murakami and Maison Margiela, whereas featured artists will embody Quentin Veron, Jadore Tong and Ckeja.
“I wanted to show that street art — I’ve seen it in terms of creativity — inspires big designers; street art and fashion fit well together, and I wanted to add to this mind-set,” Behlouli added.
The former service provider navy officer, who traces his curiosity in vogue to a Versace outlet in France, mentioned his travels all over the world helped domesticate an curiosity in craftsmanship. On his intensive breaks from time at sea, he would head inland, again to Paris, and take a look at the native vogue scene, hitting all the stylish spots.
“In fashion, you create and recreate— inspired over and over by past years — whereas with street art, there’s a complete renewal. I’m not talking about simple graffiti on walls or tags. I’m talking about creativity that comes from the streets but is moving into biggest galleries in the world…this inspires fashion,” Behlouli mentioned.
“My idea is to offer products that are very forward looking in terms of fashion, but that are also art objects,” added the entrepreneur.
Behlouli defined that he wished to push his thought past personalizing or customizing issues, which have turn out to be trade buzzwords.
“We’re not talking about customization — that’s a form of subculture, and I don’t mean that pejoratively, but what I want to do is to create artwork that at the same time is very refined haute couture work,” he added.
Behlouli defined that he focuses on restricted collection in collaboration with artists. He purchases clothes, together with runway items, from giant vogue homes — he cited Balenciaga for example — or from shops or showrooms, then works with artists to attract up unique items that may’t be discovered anyplace else in the marketplace.
“I really want to emphasize the craftsmanship side of things — mass scale production doesn’t interest me,” he added. “You have to return to working with hands — not machines. Handwork is more skillful than machine work, in my eyes,” he insisted.
Behlouli, who labored within the oil trade — adopted by aquaculture to assist African nations, he mentioned, describing the latter exercise as his ‘mea culpa,’ for the previous jobs — famous an curiosity in preventing over-consumption.
He referred to as on an artisan who works with present furs — those which are languishing in the back of a closet — to offer them new life.
“He recycles them, he deconstructs them and rebuilds them according to his design,” famous Behlouli, who mentioned he was additionally motivated by an curiosity in preserving the craftsman’s expertise.
Asked if his travels influenced his aesthetic, he responded enthusiastically. “I didn’t do design or fashion school but I have a certain sensibility that stylists don’t have — and that’s thanks to my travels,” he mentioned.
Behlouli cited Africa, particularly. “When I see what artists do and what they are able to create — my travels have completely changed my life in this respect,” he added.