Oh La la! We worked with Catherine Lévy & Sigolène Prébois – (Tsé-Tsé Associées). Selling the collection in shops: Liwan (Paris), Selfridges (London), and Paillette Géante, label collection Le Comptoir des Indes, I was lucky to work with some wondrous people – 1991/2000 - Rajeev Sethi, Francis Wacziarg, Catherine Lévy, Irène Silvagni), who shape and cajoled a young mind into existence. Out of which came my first: design company Bilzarian (Boston), Hot Pink and Aman resort (India). In these formative years we learn how to … make mistakes and transform experience into beautiful things.
Fortunately, India craft’s endure and I still have the same feeling of ‘magic’ whilst wondering in bazar’s, sitting with a printer, an embroiderer or dyer – a fascination with the hand, how it meets the eye and opens the heart. 20 years later the fashion/art/design scene has bloomed into a bazar’sFortunately, India craft’s endure and I still have the same feeling of ‘magic’ whilst wondering in a cauldron of ideas – mixing old and new, good and bad. The energy persists albeit in a ‘corporate’ manner – as fashion houses and shopping malls flood the ‘new India’ with its bulbuls ‘n’ trinkets.
Three kids and a husband in a toe (artist Desmond Lazaro, www.desmondlazaro.com), we live our dream – where craft, Art and life – find expression, nurtured with laughter, a little irony and gentle dose of humour…
La Maison Rose, as you can see in the following pages was rich space where much of what i cherish find its way in and flourished.
But life moves on, and through the past learning we feel in our present, so here is my new site, and adventure, La MAISON ROSE by Agathe Lazaro.
It is my window to the world; my clothes, objects, and desires; share them with me, and please do send me your thoughts through the link below. The interaction with craftsmen has sustained my work for many years and I hope this window will do the same.
I offer memoirs of an India lost and a glimpse of the one we have yet to make… enjoy.
In 1982 the artist - Pierre Lesieur – led my family to India, I was just 12 years old. At 24 (& many trips later) I decided to leave France and settle in India. Or perhaps India settled in me.
Back then the fashion scene was in its infancy, designers like Manish Arora had just popped out of school and the art/design world was virtually non-existent. And yet the buzz was visceral – an energy that was able to draw from India’s craft heritage, reimagining how we could make things, and grasp what the future could offer…an exciting time