Art To Wear
The Art to Wear project enables artists to collaborate with our Maison by revisiting our flagship product, the reversible belt. As a tribute to our great grandfather, Jacques Hopenstand, we decided to offer our belts as a support of expression to contemporary artists we admire. The artists are given carte blanche to create the buckle that is then edited in 20 pieces numbered and signed. A box also created by the artists encloses and protects the creations.
Each new collaboration opens new perspectives and a different approach on the project, thus we decided to invite very diverse artists and not to focus on one specific technique or craft to enrich even more the collection. It's also a great opportunity to challenge our French, Swiss and Italian craftsmen to push further their talents and develop new techniques.
We hope you'll enjoy the collection as much as we are enjoying working with wonderful artists.
Renaud & Rémi
For nearly a century, the Maison J.Hopenstand has been creating fine leather goods with a unique savoir-faire. Since its first Parisian atelier created in 1925 by Jacques Hopenstand, it has been perpetuating its manufacturing tradition, crafting unique and timeless pieces.
Now specialising in belts and small leather goods, our Maison continues to devote its expertise to serving elegance. Every new collection brings an opportunity to reinvent our craft and follow our continuous quest for innovation. In 2015, the great-grandsons of Jacques Hopenstand, now at the head of the Maison, started a new project combining both art and craftsmanship.
Stemming from the history of artists' jewels, Art to Wear echoes the uniqueness of wearable art through its creations. Dating back centuries, artists' jewels became increasingly sought-after during the 20th century. Gifted as gestures of affection, they were reserved for close friends or lovers and coveted for their exclusivity. Intimate and personal, the jewels infuse the wearer of the artist's creative essence. A form of expression in its own right, jewellery gives free rein to the artist's imagination, far from the typical formats of painting or sculpture.
With every new collaboration is written a new story. Art to Wear provides a space for experimental practices, where artists can cultivate their creative desires. Following their intuition, they leave their formal language behind to delve into a singular medium. These daring creations reveal new facets of every artist. Infused with the genius of its creator, the belt becomes an intermediary, linking the Maison to each artist.