In Maison Michel (whose name probably rings a bell or two) we witnessed the crafting of one of their signature wool cat ear caps and how the shape of the hats (all made by hand) were moulded into seamless forms, from the boater to the panama.
In Maison Lognon we saw a room filled with wooden moulds of very famous feet and lusted over the shoes that graced the runways of Chanel. The atelier is quiet and its artists work at an industrial pace but their masterpieces are nothing but intricate and perfect, from the leathers chosen to the stitching on the sole.
Maison Lesage is the home of François Lesage's embroidery and the famous Chanel camellia flowers. Everything from feathers to sequins (to LED lights) are assembled by nimble hands and its hard to imagine the hours that go into making a large fabric seeing as even the camellia flowers take more than two hours on their own to bloom.
I can't begin to describe how grateful I am to have peeked behind the scenes, and the visits have heightened my appreciation for the hands that create the couture we have seen over the years. I'm excited to show you guys more photos from the trip, but bye until then!