Silmo preview: Lafont Paris designs with Sekimoto

Maison Lafont marks its centenary by highlighting a century of expertise: the Paris label has teamed with Maison Sekimoto to create a unique and dazzling couture frame called ‘Ouvrage’

Combining their passion for creativity and artisan excellence, Satoshi Sekimoto, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Haute-Couture embroidery, and Thomas Lafont, Artistic Director of Maison Lafont, have together created an exquisite, embroidered frame, a “2023” design that will go down in the history of the world-renowned French eyewear producer, marking its achievements in eyewear as it celebrates 100 years. Above: creating a collaboration edition: Thomas Lafont worked with Satoshi Sekimoto to make a one-off haute couture edition

The handmade Ouvrage frame by Lafont Paris x Maison Sekimoto: an expression of Parisian haute couture savoir-faire

Trained in France’s finest embroidery workshops, Satoshi Sekimoto brings delicacy and lightness to the frame through his skill and sense of detail. Imagining the Haute Couture frame design created by Thomas Lafont like a dress, he decorated the upper section of the frame with the same embroidering pearls and embellishments used in haute couture.

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Ouvrage by Lafont Paris x Sekimoto in green – above, close-up of Sekimoto’s exquisite embroidery work in haute couture

Two editions of the handcrafted Ouvrage frame have been produced in black and green. The edition will be available to view at Silmo Paris this month.

About Satoshi Sekimoto : Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sekimoto’s mother, a kimono seamstress, introduced him to ancestral skills at an early age. At the age of 22, Satoshi moved to France and entered the prestigious Maison Lesage school. He then embarked on a career as an independent craftsman, collaborating with leading Haute-Couture houses. In 2015, he was awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Haute-Couture embroidery. In 2022, Satoshi and his partner Laurent founded Maison Sekimoto. This year, Satoshi has been awarded the title of Master Craftsman in Métier d’Art, reinforcing his reputation and expertise. For more information visit www.lafont.com/ https://maisonsekimoto.com