(Photo: Defi Innover Ensemble – Les Compagnons du Devoir. Gaÿa – Leather, entry Hall 3)
Artisans, designers, engineers … players in the Soft Materials sector took advantage of Première Vision Leather to share their convictions. Namely: it’s essential to hybridize not just materials but know-hows too. And to do so, it’s time to break through industry hesitations and capitalize on artisanal skills to boost industrial opportunities (and vice versa). Clément Parel completed his saddlery internship with design courses and training, and now works for Décathlon. “This way I can evaluate the impact of my sketch, in terms of technical feasibility and financial impact.” Vincent Delepierre, a specialist in Innovation and Processes, notes that, “Mass production allows for the development of new processes which will then serve artisanal crafts. This was the case with laser cutting, for example. Likewise, crafts will bring an indispensable knowhow to prototyping.” To further this incentive, a centre of excellence dedicated to Soft Materials opens its doors in Pantin, near Paris, in the home office of the Compagnons du Devoir.