You’re both lawyers by training. That’s quite a change of direction! What made you start Lucas du Tertre? And were you always interested in design and craft?
We met at Law school in our last (5th) year! We specialised in copyright law but we were different from other students, more interested in products and artistic work than in rules!
Clemence’s mother was the artistic director of a textile brand. She travelled a lot in India for her work. Clémence was 10 years old when she went there for the first time. Then she went back at the age of 22, following her mother to see how she worked, meeting her suppliers and she discovered India again. It was a such a joyful shock! She knew that she wanted to do this kind of work also.
Marie, from childhood, wanted to become a designer and start her own business, as her grandfather - a successful businessman – had previously done.
We decided to make one trip together to India. We were both passionate about the country and its extraordinary craftwork. When we came back from this trip, we decided to start our own brand!
When we are in India, we are always fascinated by the associations of colours, prints and fabrics. By these people who dare being themselves without worrying about “what will people say”. In Paris too, we love this woman in the metro wearing an all-purple outfit… This man singing his heart out with his headphones on… We adore this freedom you can find here and there.
India is for us a constant and inexhaustible source of inspiration and creation. India helps us escape from today’s diktats, from time and its shackles. India gives us the Freedom that we would have never dared dreaming of. Mixing incongruous colours, printing a modern design with an ancestral technique, having a different relationship with temporality when it comes to creating and producing unique fabrics. India is the country where everything is possible. So long live freedom!