There’s a lot of ink spilled on what exactly makes the french so…beguiling. It’s the kind of fascination that drives clicks on street style blogs and makes you re-watch Godard’s Breathless for the 10th time (that haircut!). But sometimes the best approach is to just sit back and look. Take the work of Ella Perdereau, the young french designer whose line of “Meteorite” silk scarves embody the effortless elegance that makes French style so enviable.
Perdereau swiftly fell in love with design after a neighbor, who was a seamstress for the Paris Opera House, taught her how to sew. She went on to study textile design in Lyon, France, before embarking on a multi-continental trip across India and Latin America. In 2013, she married her travels with her skill set to form design studio Suprême Bon Ton. Already the studio has amassed loyal fans and buyers for its emphasis on quality materials and printing. It’s first collection of silk scarves, which released this summer, drew immediate praise for the elegant yet playful patterns.
Perdereau’s design process—where she collects photos from museum trips, hand sketches her interpretations, and then uses software to manipulate the drawings—results in a bewitching mix of hard and soft. She manages to harmoniously unite coarse geometry of whimsical sketched lines, sumptuous colors, and punctuations of abstract forms, all on a canvas of rich silks printed by Lyon craftsmen with over 100 years of experience.
“The Meteorite collection was inspired by mineral rocks. The use of a pastel, feminine palette, and combined original prints makes this collection beautifully earthy yet sublime,” says Perdereau. Sartorially functional yet undeniably artistic, Perdereau also partnered with photographer Floret Tanet (who has shot images for L’Oréal, Wired, and The New Yorker) to create still-life images of the scarves and their mineral inspirations.
Seeing her work, it’s not surprising that Perdereau takes cues from many different places. “The colors and compositions of Serge Poliakoff and the American abstract expressionists inspire me a lot,” says the designer. “Photos by Ina Jang, Viviane Sassen, and even Bauhaus design are part of my references, not to mention [French filmmaker] Jacques Tati’s films, which I enjoy for their uniqueness, futuristic vision, and sense of irony.”
But the studio also draws inspiration from local sources. Suprême Bon Ton’s garden studio in Paris chic 20th arrondissement is shared with a group of other creatives (graphic designers and photographers round out the mix); Perdereau also cites the significance of working next to Père Lachaise Cemetery, the final resting place of Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, and Jim Morrison.
Following the success of the “Meteorite” line, Perdereau is releasing her second collection in January. Titled “Göta,” the new designs are inspired by “corals, shellfish, and the ebb and flow of the tide.” Working with cotton that’s double the size of her first silk pieces, Perdereau is excited to see how her designs translate with different variables. Also on the horizon? Collaborations with different French craftsmen, including a capsule collection of ceramics. “I live in pebbles, cosmos, geometry,” says Perdereau. “My product design is mainly linked to a global artistic approach, and I look forward to Suprême Bon Ton having many lovely collaborations in the future.” More uniquely inspired designs from Perdereau? Très chic.