DIGNITY WITH A NORMAN ACCENT
Even though I was born in Paris, studied in Paris, fell in love in Paris, I still think my motherland is a small village in Normandy – Allouville-Bellefosse. This is where my grandmother and grandfather come from, this is the birthplace of my father, Justin – the man who influenced me more than anyone else in the world. When I was a child, we used to leave Paris behind, with its joie de vivre, and take a train from Saint-Lazare to the misty Normandy. The picture of a bustling modern town would change to peace of provincial life. My grandfather Arthur restored books for a living. His study was fool of tomes big and small, with smoked covers, almost soot-black, that probably remembered Voltaire’s hands. My grandfather had a special attitude towards books, and maybe I learned this specific style of treating objects from him: in his hands old folios would come alive. At these moments, he looked like a puppeteer, his magical hands breathing life into a soulless puppet, giving it a unique manner of movement and rhythm; and as soon as he would return a book on the shelf, it would turn back into a lifeless piece of stone. He was a magician to me, my grandfather Arthur, with his watery eyes, a big fan of Camembert cheese and strong apple cider-brandy.
The only point of interest in our village of Allouville-Bellefosse was an ancient chapel in its center.
The only point of interest in our village of Allouville-Bellefosse was an ancient chapel in the village center. It was built inside the trunk of an ancient oak tree. The tree still stands in the center of the village today. It is known for a fact that it is more than a thousand year old. Later, when I studied the European history of the Middle Ages at the University of Orleans’ department of applied arts, all the historical collisions passed in front of my eyes against the backdrop of this chapel oak, a true live witness of the times. That is why, when I had the idea of designing fashion accessories under my own brand, I chose the acorn from this oak tree for a symbol, a formula of this ancient creation, incorporating the entire history of my France.
I chose the acorn from this oak tree for a symbol
The Normans are a special people. They combine temper and dignity, good taste and attention to detail. You’ll never meet a true Norman wearing dirty shoes. They are very thorough in calculations, but not nit-picky. The Normans are committed and consistent. The only thing you can reproach them about is being too serious about themselves. Well, probably that’s the essence of my Michel Katana™ brand.
BRAND IDEOLOGY is centered around accessories as style-shaping elements. Accessories are no longer complementary to fashion; today they are the first violin in a person’s image. By grouping and changing accessories, one can change the image in general.
DEVELOPING THE COLLECTION
Michel Katana remains the main inspiration and creator of the collection, so anyone buying Michel Katana™ product becomes the owner of a truly authentic item. Development is done at Michel Katana’s Art Bureau in Meudon, a picturesque suburb of Paris, at Rue de Paris.
Today Michel Katana™ brand has completely abandoned its own production, instead focusing on creating the collection and dealing with communication components of the brand. Production is distributed between various factories in Europe (France, Italy, Hungary). All products produced under Michel Katana™ brand passes strict quality control by the company’s brand specialists. All stamps and casts developed for the production process are destroyed after producing a batch of products.