Origin: 2006, Brussels, Belgium
Designers: Matthieu MOUTON & Nicolas COLLET
Fields : Jewellery and Accessories for Men and Women
Through their work, which they describe as a journal in time, Matthieu Mouton and Nicolas Collet meld their personal experiences with the animal and vegetable world to create collections of jewelry that are distinctly unusual and refined. They began working together in the late-90s, after meeting at Institute Saint Luc de Tournal in Belgium, and have subsequently continued to develop their unique aesthetic as an intimate conversation between two creative visions, which unfolds into a visual poetry of precious material forms.
Matthieu and Nicolas established their brand in Paris in 2001, where they began to create their own seasonal collections while working in collaboration with a number of brands: Maison Martin Margiela, Loulou de la Falaise, Nina Ricci for Olivier Theyskens, Kenzo, Shirtology, Herve Leger, and Jitrois. In October 2009 they collaborated with Maje, as part of a special initiative with the Bon Marche and the association Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiaque, to create an original design for a limited series of printed silk scarves. In March they created the principal accessories for the AF Vandevorst Autumn 2010 runway presentation. In 2009, the team collaborated with Lady Gaga to unveil their first surrealist millenary creation. From April through June 2010 another example of their innovative headwear can be viewed as part of the Fashionably Curious exhibition at 18 Stafford Terrace in London’s Kensington district.
Most of their influences are inked to the Belgian countryside. A world of silence in the middle of nature. They both focus on farm animals, the gardens, meadows leading to a rural and forest jewelry.
“ The side of taxidermy laboratory, hunters of insects… fascinates us. Influence = Jacques Tati – Marcel Duchamp – Matthew Barney – …” MoutonCollet is a game of contrast and opposition. ”By far nice but far less about …” Our signature adopt another language and confronts the beautiful and the ugly, attraction and repulsion … ”The object becomes jewelry = jewelry becomes the object” - ”Our jewelry tell a story … a world that become such a message, a memory, a smell, a magic talisman borrowing.”
“A Belgitude Campagnarde for precious jewels”