The leathers of the little exceptional leather goods give you their secret: to meet Virginie Ducatillon.

The leathers of the little exceptional leather goods give you their secret: to meet Virginie Ducatillon.

After ten years spent in the biggest luxury houses, Virginie Ducatillon embarks on the creation of adapta, which aims to become the e-central of buying second-hand leather. Second hand certainly, but not just any, because Virginie only selects the most beautiful materials from the best suppliers. Through this approach, it gives eco-design its most beautiful letters of nobility.
  • In a few words, who are you?
I am Virgine Ducatillon and launched adapted a little over a year ago. I spent more than ten years in luxury leather goods and I realized the existence of many leather stocks, of very good quality, which were not used and sometimes even destroyed.
  • What triggered the creation of adapta?
Following this observation, I decided to launch adapta, which allows to select leathers in dormant stocks of luxury suppliers. This can be either in tanners, or in manufacturers of finished products, or in central stocks of luxury houses. The goal is therefore to promote eco-design using existing material, especially since it is very good. In this way, we want give him a second life By offering it to creators, brands, which are not sufficient volumes, or not the budgets to launch these productions with these luxury suppliers.
  • What is eco-design?
Eco-design for me is really transform a supply constraint into stimulation of creativity.
  • Why did you settle in this workshop?
I settled in this space a few months ago, in September. The idea was to be able to be in a place that really has a character and a story. I chose this Former leather maker who had been there for thirty years. In addition, we are in the Grands Boulevards district, Tanners and Tourners district. I am happy with Continue the story of this place in the same vein.
  • How is the meeting with brands and creators going?
All stocks are here in the workshop, so I invite people to make an appointment. We offer them a personalized service. We are trying to understand the creative universe of brands to advise them well according to the product. We are also a partner of ADC, an incubator of the leather sector, and every three months we make a pop-up where the creators come on the appointment. For creators in the provinces, we work most of the time by email and photos. I hope to take out the e-commerce site next month for brands that are not based in Paris and create the leather "vacuum", to be like a leather purchase center. This will allow us to have more impact in terms of volume as well.
  • What is the approach of adapta?
We have chosen a high -end positioning. We recover the skins one by one to be sure of quality and traceability. What matters is above all the tanner. The real challenge is to be able to find the material. For brands and creators, it's a bit of Christmas: they have access to noble and preselected materials at lower prices and without minimum volume. The positive point is that the concept of eco-design is increasingly reasoning with suppliers. We find our leathers by opportunism: ends of series (too small quantities), leathers that have not corresponded to the specifications of color, quality etc. We find these little treasures.
  • Do you have training on leathers?
I worked for ten years in product development in large luxury houses, so I was a lot in contact with quality leather. Depending on the tanneries I know their different types of tanning: vegetable, mineral etc. I recognize the hand and the finish of a leather. So I learned on the ground.
  • Why this collaboration with Balzac Paris?
First of all It was obvious to canvass Balzac Paris for this collection, Even before the launch of Adapta. From that moment, Chrysoline was thrilled and she supported the process. We have the same fashion vision. The process was long to be sure to stick to the brand's universe. I then proposed to the stylists accessories this Croco embossed cowhide which comes from an Italian tannery near Florence, selected in a small fashion house in Paris. There is very little stock, so it is a very very limited edition. Photographic credits: Solenne Jakovsky for the prescriber More information on the site ofAdapta Follow adapta on: Facebook and Instagram