Meet : Mary Katrantzou et Tu Ly

Portrait | November 22, 2018

MEET: MARY KATRANTZOU ET TU LY

This winter, Mary Katrantzou has partnered with Moose Knuckles to design an unexpected collection which brings their two worlds together. A fusion of dazzling prints and outdoor clothing, the collaboration between Mary Katrantzou and Moose Knuckles Canada combines femininity and elegance.
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche met Mary Katrantzou and Tu Ly, the Creative Director of Moose Knuckles so that they could reveal the secrets of their exclusive collaboration, which is available in store.

Why would you want to collaborate with each other, since you both have very diferent identities ?


Tu Ly : Opposites Attract. We’re inspired by the vision of Moose Knuckles rugged sensibility aligned with Mary Katrantzou’s imaginative opulence and femininity.


Mary Katrantzou : A successful collaboration is when you set a creative dialogue between two realities. It is really unique to be able to explore different worlds and to learn from the expertise of our respective partner.

How was the collaboration? What were your inspirations ?


Tu Ly : Together we have completely transformed Moose Knuckles’ signature jackets with Mary’s incredible selection of rich fabrications and exclusive custom prints designs.


Mary Katrantzou : We were developing our AW18 show collection, when I was introduced to Moose Knuckles. He gave me a short intro and got me excited about the idea of collaborating with them on our outerwear. The process was very smooth. The collection was an integral part of our show and we were able to work with their existing patterns while developing our own techniques like the Chesterfield quilting on their bomber and the Gobelins tapestry that we designed and was woven exclusively for our collaboration.

Why did you choose the parka? Is this a must-have piece of the fall-winter 18 season ?


Tu Ly : The parka has always been our iconic jacket. It’s synonymous with winter and cold weather dressing.


Mary Katrantzou : I love outerwear and the parka is urban but also sophisticated. It is cozy and the ultimate statement coat at the same time !


What are the essentials of the fall-winter season 18 according to you ?


Tu Ly : Mary Katrantzou X Moose Knuckle Isobel Parka in rich gold damask with pale blue faux fur trim !


Mary Katrantzou : One of our parkas of course with a printed pointillism dress or a Bauhaus jacquard knit.

Do you have a favorite spot in Paris ?


Tu Ly : Over the years of coming to Paris, the city feels truly like my second home. The Jardin du Luxembourg is my ultimate favorite running park anywhere in the world. Strolling and shopping around Place St. Sulpice is uniquely Parisian for me.


Mary Katrantzou : Paris is so rich in culture, history and architecture. I adore the Haussmannian buildings, the picturesque gardens and visiting the art galleries. There is always something beautiful to observe, which makes the city so attractive to visitors.