Born in 1979, Jérémy Schimmel is a third-generation Paris leather crafter. His parents founded Sylvie Schimmel, a well-known trailblazing brand that represents a freer, more creative and innovative way to see leatherwork as a fabric for fashion, to push the limits of material blends and defy the standards of time-honored mastery. After a stint at L’Eclaireur where he cozied up to cutting-edge modern design, he became production director at the family business, satisfying his love for all things leather and expertise in an array of manufacturing techniques. He then created his first self-named line for men. Archives is his second foray into the fashion design world.
Jérémy Schimmel browsed through the annals ofhis own lineage for the inspiration behind his new brand conceived in thestudios at 66 rue d’Hauteville that he has roamed since birth, smack dab in themiddle of the fur district in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Amen's collection of 12 leather jackets and coats harking back to periodclassics: bombers, pea coats and parkas with a modern sheen and that timewornsupple feel of leather that has seen it all. If these rugged well-earned creasescould talk, they'd tell a moving tale worthy of box-office fame. Jérémy Schimmel spent his childhood combingthrough flea markets on the heels of his thrift-shopping mom and later moved onto find one-of-a-kind treasures as a honed bargain-hunter. He has an innatesense of yesteryear gems and timeless objects that transcend fads of the past. Archives gets the balance right between legacyand avant-garde, time-honored craftsmanship and anything-goes experimentation,like a flashback to an era that tends to be drowned out amid the clamor for thehottest new thing. The past and the future are one and the same – they talkover each other as they mutually inspire and cross paths. Because all designersof every ilk and craft are inextricably part of a tradition they strive toreinvent in their very own art.