A graphic allure, relatively geometric and at ease with itself, explosive, crackling colors with bold mixes, a tender and sensual petal; orchids have a dazzling and moving power. The sublime character is a delight to find in Léonard’s motifs, which makes their prints their true label. In 1960, Daniel Tribouillard and Jacques Léonard invented a revolutionary printing process, the “fully-fashioned” technique. The flowers were printed on sweaters and dresses, the woven designs engraved onto each stitch. This passion for adornment and fabric got even richer in 1968 with the discovery of silk jersey, a wrinkle resistant knit that’s also incredibly supple. It is clearly printed: the Floral, Coptic, or Aztec inspirations affirm mastery of this delicate, flamboyant, and fascinating chromatic universe.
The burgeoning Total Look became more elegant and ended up conquering the whole planet over. These vogue winds even blew over to Japan. The artisanal making of kimonos, until then kept secret, was exclusively delivered to Léonard who subsequently produced an excellent revisitation of the traditional costume. Daniel Tribouillard thus incarnates the spirit of an artist more than that of a couturier. His paintings on silk are produced in volume for the sole purpose of being worn. It’s practically a science of feeling and cut that invites us on the brand’s aesthetic, romantic, and poetic voyage.