Le Monde Beryl and Martina Mondadori Sartogo, founder of peerless interiors magazine Cabana, present four pairs of slippers in original printed cotton from the famed Venetian textile-makers, Fortuny. Taking inspiration from celebrated twentieth-century Italian interior designer Renzo Mongiardino and his affinity for richly layered and delicately hand-painted textiles, the collaboration applies patterned Fortuny fabrics, each in a shade of lemon yellow, brick red or deep mulberry onto the classic Le Monde Beryl Venetian slipper and mule.
Fortuny fabrics, a history of Venetian style
Established in 1907 by the artist, designer and inventor Mariano Fortuny, and still based on the Venetian island of Giudecca, Fortuny is renowned for printed fabrics using time-honoured, closely kept techniques in colours and styles that evoke the romance of Venice’s past and the influence of the Silk Road. The Cabana x Le Monde Beryl collaboration with Fortuny is a marriage of parallel sensibilities that channels the magpie spirit of Renzo Mongiardino, layering past and present, clothing and interiors.
As part of the Spring / Summer collection, Le Monde Beryl has collaborated with Latin American accessories brand Mola Sasa. The capsule collection, Le Monde Beryl x Mola Sasa, features two mules in the classic Le Monde Beryl style, finished with Mola Sasa’s iconic textiles, made from layers of fabric cut and hand sewn by the Kuna women of Colombia.
Mola Sasa was founded by Yasmin Sabet, who works with indigenous Kuna women in the Caiman Alto region of the country. The brand seeks to empower local artisans and design meaningful products that respect local traditions and craftsmanship. The unique handmade fabrics are made by layering pieces of cut fabric on top of each other into an ornate design to create an intricate piece of art.
Le Monde Beryl along with The Tuk Tuk Flower Studio and L.O.N.B. hosted a book signing for Stephanie La Cava and Sno Global for Small Press in our Paris Fashion Week showroom.
The Mysterious Tale of Gentle Jack and Lord Bumblebee, a modern reimagining of the classic socialist fable, first told by George Sand to her children. Sand published The Mysterious Tale as a children’s storybook, with illustrations by her eldest son, Maurice, in 1851, on the heels of the Industrial Revolution. Today the story, with new full-colour illustrations by Stephen Ostrowski, may resonate with people of all ages living in a ransacked world.
Ostrowski, a 28-year-old American artist who grew up in Southeast Asia, says he was “drawn to the story of a character who was told by everyone to forgo his intuitive path, as it parallels my own experience as a queer and third-culture child.” Jack is a pure-hearted boy, desperate for love in an impoverished home, who strikes out at his parents’ behest to steal from the hoarded treasure of one Lord Bumblebee (read: miserly titan of industry). As lonely as he is selfish, Lord Bumblebee takes the boy under his wing and tries to turn him, to corrupt him, so that Jack must struggle first to resist worldly temptations, then to escape punishment for his resistance. The hero’s journey takes us to a place like heaven… and back.
Sand, born as Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin de Francuiel, was the daughter of an aristocrat and a dressmaker. She changed her name as an act of defiance against gender norms of the time, one that enabled her to partake in the French Romantic movement as both a patron and a practitioner of the arts, as well as a supporter of worker’s rights and women’s freedoms. She would become one of the culture’s most prodigious figures.