Text: Leonidas Liolios
It’s one of these chances you only get once per life-time actually, to meet people you admired for years and just like that have a conversation on subjects varying from morals and ethics to Hedi Slimane at YSL. I’ve been observing Sébastien Peigné since the age of 15, adoring what he did over at Mugler just like a full-on fashion groupie. Three years later, thanks to my teacher Aliki Demi and her partner in Kimalé-crime Irène Mamfredos I got to meet him in person and actually not only him but also the mega-mind in charge of all the accessory lines, textile designs and menswear at Hermès (this is so surreal) , working for the luxury colossus for the past 25 years, Christophe Goineau.
I won’t bother mention anything about their bios, their story is well-known, google-search-able, but not too buzzed around, just like themselves.
I asked them a lot of things, the replies of which I’ll cherish for myself and the ones present at the studio. Besides it would only be an understatement to transfer any of the words they said through a couple of lines in Times New Roman. What I can share though is that these were somewhat the most enlightening three hours of my life thus far, and not entirely because this chat involved talent of their extent but because everything that was said came out of people who are just as modest and simple-deep-down as an Hermès bag or an Acne sweater.