After years of pursuit, we are thrilled to introduce the work of Philippe Vidalenc.
His collection is defined by luxurious washed silks and baby soft wools.
Timeless silhouettes reign with a je ne sais quoi approach to design.
A touch of femininity, artfulness and urban style has made his work highly prized in the leading stores of the world, such as Egg in London, and by many of the great small shops of Japan, New Zealand and northern Europe.
This first delivery of Philippe’s work was born from the color wheel.
After a discussion of silhouettes, he asked which colors he should produce for Workshop – any hue or tone was possible, as he dyes each piece himself.
We chose a selection of novel pink and saffron, balanced with classical merlot brown, teal and navy to reflect the season’s earthy optimism.
Of note is his choice of natural fabrics, such as Taffel and Habotai silk.
Habotai silk in particular is a lightweight variety prized for its smooth finish and flowing drape, in addition to being extremely breathable.
It is so chosen by Philippe for its soft feel and lustrous sheen.
Philippe got his start in fashion in the fast lane doing styling and photography with Gareth Casey for Marithé+François Girbaud in the 1980s. After many years, he and Gareth launched their own collection of quintessentially relaxed silhouettes in natural fibers. After many years in this design partnership, Philippe struck out on his own with Chez Vidalenc to focus on a made-by-hand model that brings an intimacy, a humanity, to the wearing of his garments – a philosophy to which he stays true.