Many of the hotels in Paris are so ripe with history, if the walls could talk they would probably gossip non-stop about all the royal affairs and exceedingly decadent soirees they've seen. But what about the curtains?
That's what designer Alexandra Hartmann wondered one night as she was strolling around her beloved city and came across a pile of glamorous, albeit worn, curtains being tossed by a nearby hotel. It wasn't just about letting gorgeous gold fabric go to waste, it was about throwing out a piece of Paris from years past.
€350.00 (about $413), Hôtel Colette Jacket
So, nearly two years later, and after “call[ing] every single hotel, motel, and auberge in Paris,” for leftover curtains, according to Vogue, Hartmann launched a line completely made of the repurposed fabric.
is a collection of one-of-a-kind jackets and tops, designed with classically Parisian silhouettes and made from vintage fringe-trimmed silk, jacquard, and Genoa velvet — or whatever local hotels plan to throw out. As to be expected, the decades-old drapes often have stains, cigarette burns, and holes, but for Hartmann that's half the fun.
“The pieces aren’t going to look exactly the same,” she said. “But that’s what makes them special. Comme un petit bijou.”
€160.00 (about $189), Hôtel Green Jacket
Shop the rest of the collection, available online at and at the Copenhagen-based boutique, .