THE J.M. WESTON X ROLAND GARROS SNEAKERS
Drawing on its background in field sports and flaunting an outdoor vibe, J.M. Weston has always equipped men for their open-air activities such as golf and hunting. It was therefore natural for it to want to explore the world of tennis, by joining forces with the Roland-Garros brand.
After an initial collaboration in 2017 which led to the creation of a pair of supple loafers, J.M. Weston and the Roland-Garros brand decided to work on designing a pair of sneakers.
This partnership, characterised by elegance and French style, resulted in a collection of two boldly-coloured styles: the ochre colour of clay, sky blue and the white of the lines on tennis courts.
The materials were carefully selected, with attention to detail, in an effort to achieve perfection, comfort and support and ensure the styles last... The smooth leather teamed with rubber is the perfect combination.
The limited edition J.M. Weston x Roland Garros sneakers will be available for sale, for men and women, during the tournament at the stadium’s store. And from 15 April 2018, on the Roland-Garros and J.M. Weston online stores and in the various J.M. Weston stores and corners.
ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
J.M. accompanies the shoes on display to the rhythm of the words :
The stylograph legs dig deep.
On carbon paper soil
With betrothed soles »
The J.M. house remains faithful to its promise. Weston chooses to honour the Chasse and Demi-Chasse derbies. Unique in its manufacturing technique, the Chasse multiplies exercises in precision such as the Norwegian stitch or seam joining. Hand crafted, the Chasse model is an unusual piece with a limited production.
J.M. invites you on a journey, and through these calligrams, transports you into an iconic universe.
The first chapter, dedicated to the Chasse and Demi-Chasse derbies, is now available in all J.M. Weston boutiques.
Olivier Saillard, Artistic Director of J.M. Weston
J.M. Weston is delighted to welcome Olivier Saillard as Artistic, Image and Culture Director. Olivier Saillard will be in charge of men’s and women’s shoes collections, accessories, and the House’s image. His initial inspirations will be unveiled in September 2018 when the new J.M.Weston flagship store opens at 55 avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Since May 2010 Olivier Saillard has been Director of the Palais Galliera, where he has produced numerous exhibitions. He is also a fashion historian, exhibition curator, and performer. Olivier Saillard holds a degree in art history. In 1995 he was appointed as curator of the fashion museum in Marseille, where for five years he upended the rules governing the presentation of fashion in museums. In 2000 he became Programming Manager of fashion exhibitions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It was at this time that Olivier Saillard began to orchestrate performances garnering widespread coverage in the French and international media. Independent of his role as Art Director at J.M. Weston, Olivier Saillard will continue to develop artistic performances and collaborations for major organisations.
Historic union between J.M. Weston & the Republican Guard
Since 1975, J.M. Weston provides the boots for the Republican Guards 500 horsemen each year and also gives its customers the opportunity to order these famous boots from their store on the Champs-Elysées.
Today, in signing a partnership convention, J.M. Weston and the Republican Guard are celebrating a special relationship that began more than 40 years ago.
This partnership should make this know-how better known and serve to illustrate the values of excellence, stringency and integrity that both our French institutions share. From cutting the leather to hand-finishing, they spend eight weeks in the Limoges workshops, undergoing around 200 procedures involving the techniques employed by the master shoemakers. Made to measure (according to the foot size, height of the leg, back of the knee, calf, mid-calf, ankle and heel girth of the rider), the boots meet the most stringent quality standards.
A representation of the mounted guard, a cavalry fanfare and craft demonstrations were at the heart of the honours J.M. Weston received from the Republican Guard today inside one of its most iconic barracks, situated at 18 Boulevard Henri IV, Paris. Director General of the National Military Police General Richard Lizurey, Commanding General of the Republican Guard Damien Striebig, Christopher Descours and Thierry Oriez were present to sign the partnership convention.
THE ULTRA WESTON KNOW-HOW
Going against the tide of the time which celebrated the idol of productivity, Eugène Blanchard, son of the founder of J.M. Weston, decided to create the Ultra Shoe collection in the early 20th century, driven by a new ambition: to dress the great men of this world in creations made with authentic know-how.
A real celebration of the essence of bootmaking know-how and the love of the technique at its most sophisticated extreme, Michel Perry is now looking to pay tribute to this collection. Petit point stitching in pearl grey, hand-painted sole arches, meticulous top-of-the-range sole edges and hand-pegging with W decoration are just some of the details that set this exceptional collection apart from all others.
With this collection, Michel Perry also conjures up the spirit of the founder of J.M. Weston through four styles with an insolent elegance and reinvented timelessness, bearing the philosophy of the Ultra man.
PARIS SUR COURT
Looking defiantly at each other, the opponents take their positions on court.
Preparing for the attack, they leap into action, their movements spontaneous but considered, sharp and precise, free yet controlled. Although pitted against each other, the rivals share a symmetry of movement and a common objective: conquering the clay.
Transposing the energy of a tennis match and the beauty of its movement into dance - this is the creative aim of Neels Castillon, director of 'Paris sur Court'. The film features Le Moc’ Weston Roland-Garros, the result of a successful collaboration between the long-established shoemaker and the Parisian tournament. This year sees the Roland-Garros brand celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. From the banks of the Seine to the Philippe Chatrier Court at Roland-Garros, choreographer Marion Motin and dancer Léo Handtschoewercker highlight the elegance and lightness of Le Moc’ through a rhythmical performance in a capital city that has become their stage.
LE BEAU DORMANT
J.M. Weston reasserts its attachment to film-making with Le Beau Dormant.
Dancer Alexia Giordano is acting while musician Oxmo Puccino is directing and Omar Sy, the new idol of French cinema, here embodies the vision of a contemporary, sleeping Prince Charming.
As for the now iconic Le Moc’ by Weston, it is unveiled for the first time in deep pink calfskin suede.
J.M. WESTON MEETS ETUDES STUDIO
J.M. Weston joins Etudes Studio Autumn-Winter 2017 presentation.
Founded in 2012 by Aurélien Arbet, Jérémie Egry and José Lamali, the Parisian label combines creative concepts, publishing and menswear.
For next winter, Etudes Studio designed voluminous and colorful silhouettes that combine mix of prints and textures, while multiplying references to the grunge culture or Gus Van Sant’s movies.
Finalizing these creative looks : the most iconic J.M. Weston’s models, the 180 Loafer.
BACK TO BASICS
This winter, J.M. Weston’s icons are to be rediscovered through a modern lens, twisted with looks that make them timeless.
From the Hunt derby to the Golf, the Chelsea boot and the 180 Loafer, J.M. Weston keeps these living myths alive by constantly offering them variations, to be handed down from generation to generation.
J.M. WESTON’S LATEST OXFORD SHOE
As Artistic Director at J.M. Weston, Michel Perry enjoys revamping the classics with increasingly modern style. The 300 toe-cap oxford shoe is this autumn's featured model. With smooth and suede calfskin over a rubber sole, this shoe brings a hint of relaxed, urban elegance to the Weston man's wardrobe.
The 300 toe-cap oxford shoe has been an iconic symbol of the brand since the 1930s. This timeless men's style fits the foot to perfection, and its classic shape with close-fitting lines leaves no room for unnecessary details. The line of the oxford's round toe is interrupted by a square tip set off by double topstitching, giving the shoe a unique and refined look.
The toe-cap oxford shoe has remained fashionable throughout the decades and has incorporated new colours and types of leatherwork over time. In 2016, Michel Perry decided to offer his own take on the shoe to reinvent its style and use. It complements the silhouette of today's modern man—a daring and independent individual who enjoys subverting classic looks to create his own style.
Designed at the J.M. Weston factory in Limoges, the new toe-cap oxford shoe is constructed around a crepe rubber sole. The sole's flexible and comfortable feel means the shoe can be worn in a wider variety of contexts compared to the leather-sole toe-cap oxford. It trades limitations in for freedom and carefree style. The shape of the shoe remains unchanged. The oxford's minimalistic design is set off by shiny, silky-soft leatherwork. The smooth calfskin is available in black and burgundy, while the suede calfskin with a cashmere-like feel comes in navy blue and camel. Step into autumn with style with this palette of warm tones. Just like its original version, the rubber-sole toe-cap oxford is crafted using a Goodyear stitch, meaning the shoe can be resoled up to five times. Its welt, available in natural leather or dyed black, is manufactured with leather from Tannerie Bastin, which is owned by J.M. Weston.
All of these details blend authenticity, expertise, and modern style to make this new model the symbol of an independent man on the move who enjoys wearing and subverting classic styles.
"FADE OUT" BY CITIZENS!
In the darkness of the night, the four members of the English band Citizens! explore an obscure and intriguing Paris either in an dilapidated church and in the catacombs. Strolling around with J.M. Weston shoes on their feet, they follow a path that leads them to a charming and dangerous encounter…
Directed by Thomas Tyman and produced by Vogue Hommes and J.M. Weston, the music video of ‘Fade Out’ features the Citizens! in a phantasmagorical world, reminiscent of midnight movies. The video is a playful and offbeat partition in which the four musicians embody the essence of the J.M. Weston Man: a bit adventurous, a bit seductive, but always elegant.
J.M. WESTON FAIT SON CINEMA
From 3 October, J.M. Weston is creating a scene at the Gaumont Ambassade, located on 50 avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Before the Gaumont Ambassade cinema begins a new chapter in its story, J.M. Weston is slipping into its world to offer an unprecedented experience: a pop-up store in a cinema. These two top French houses did not meet by chance: emerging towards the close of the 19th century, pioneers of French excellence – whether the cinema or unique know-how – both convey a distinct vision of creativity and elegance, combining great classics and brand new creations, a timeless feel and contemporary influences, to bring cult creations to birth. Like Gaumont, J.M. Weston has forged its independence based on the desire to accompany the freest journeys and bolster the paths of a singular life, those that lead to a highly distinguished form of self-fulfillment.
Designed by Loci Anima, this new concept store offers the visitor a space outside of time, in which authenticity and extravagance combine. The entire front of the former cinema has been transformed into an exhibition space. In the hallway, they discover J.M. Weston's key models presented in J.M. Weston-branded flight cases: they are at once an evocation of travel, a concrete way of emphasizing the exhibition's future roving itinerary and an illustration of the house's attitude. The special orders service is presented in a separate room, conducive to the tradition of advice for which the house is renowned. The visitor then takes the main staircase to discover a large room transformed into a fitting room at the top of the stairs. The designs are the stars here: lit by a shower of light and identified with a brass plaque bearing their name, they are bathed in a cinematographic aura.
CKDB x JMWESTON
On October 2, 2016, J.M. Weston held a flea market in the heart of Le Marais district in order to raise funds for French Charity Cékedubonheur.
On this occasion, French celebrities from the entertainment and the sport industries were invited to sell personal items.
Founded by French actor Omar Sy's wife, Hélène Sy, CéKeDuBonheur has helped to improve for over a decade the quality of life of hospitalized children by responding to their desires and needs.
A WALK IN PARIS WITH LE MOC’
Last creation from the workshops in Limoges, Le Moc’ Weston finds inspiration in the charm of Paris, its nonchalant elegance and outspokenness.
With director Alexandre Jonette, journalist François Simon naturally chose to take the first supple loafer of the maison in Parisian iconic places, the radiant shades of Le Moc' echoing to the luminous City of Lights.
PARIS EST UN BALLET
Beneath the sky of Paris, Mathieu Ganio attempts to join the Opera Garnier to replace a dancer off the cuff. Then begins a race against time...
Mathieu throws himself into an extemporaneous choreographic journey through Paris, facing obstacles that allow him to warm up and spontaneously dance: he flies towards the steps of its final destination, the Scene.
Directed by Thomas Tyman and produced by Vogue, the film features danceur étoile Mathieu Ganio. With a unique talent and an innate style, Mathieu embodies with distinction the multifaceted J.M. Weston Man. The cadence of strong percussions and the controlled balance of Le Moc’ Weston on the pavement give rhythm to the dash in the eternal city of Paris.
Who is better suited than a danseur étoile as Mathieu Ganio to appropriate with grace and lightness the values of J.M. Weston centered around the walk and freedom ?
Opening of Le Marais boutique
J.M. Weston is pleased to announce the opening of its new boutique at 46 rue des Archives in Paris 4th district. Located right in the heart of Le Marais, renowned district for its history, but also for its wind of creation and freedom that blows since ever.
With its clean lines, this new address expresses the essence of J.M. Weston’s collections with a wink to workshops by paying tribute to the unique know-how of the craftsmen of our house in a voluntarily contemporary decor.
An elegant and raw boutique, with walls in stones, exposed beams, wooden tables with slender lines to remind those of the factory. A singular and timeless universe which translates a desire of authenticity and modernity, faithful to our values: fiercely free, totally French and impeccably impertinent!