Interview with Barnabé Hardy
Archive September 2009
studiohomme: How would you define your leather jackets?
Barnabé Hardy: They’ve been designed and planned as a protective shell, a genuine second skin. They’re produced from dipped lambskin, a kind of leather that changes over time.
Each model features subtle finishes and details which are not immediately noticeable, but which make it unique and recognizable.
My jackets mean to men what bags mean to women. They’re based on the key notions of functionality, comfort, contemporary volume and aspect, and a commitment to combining top quality skins with traditional craftsmen-made production methods.
In short, the perfect companion for the man of today.
sh: How are your collections likely to change over the coming seasons?
BH: With my future collections, I’ll be adding to my product range by introducing a new leather-related product, while at the same time continuing to place the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
Over the long term, I’m looking to develop the perfect wardrobe for men.
sh: How would you describe your look right now?
BH: A holiday look that I would like to keep as long as possible in Paris to make summer last. Today, I’m wearing a Madras Ralph Lauren shirt, APC beige cotton gabardine Bermuda shorts, K-Jacques footwear and an old cashmere and silk black Balenciaga V-neck sweater, perfect for those windy evenings…
sh: Which are your favourite brands?
BH: Raf Simons, Adam Kimmel, Prada, Brooks Brothers, Comme des Garçons, Church, Jean Grisoni…
sh: Do you have any fetish accessories?
BH: A small gourmette chain and a Goyard card holder.
sh: Which men inspire you?
BH: David Bowie, Jacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg in their 70’s Dandy period, Rudolf Nureyev, Helmut Berger, my fiancé, and, as clichéd as it may appear, a number of complete strangers in the street…
sh: Which artists are you into at the moment?
BH: Jacin Giordano (a visual artist represented by the Sultana Baumet gallery) and Roberto Bolle (a dancer)…
sh: What are you going to pick up with studiohomme.com?
BH: A Ruby Belvedere helmet, a pair of white jeans and a slim belt by Kitsuné, a Thomsen check shirt and a Natalia Brilli computer bag.