Marin Montagut Comptoir des Cotonniers
Marin grew up in Toulouse, home to Comptoir des Cotonniers. The ready-to-wear brand gave the French illustrator carte blanche to design a capsule collection that pays homage to its canine mascot Leon. Meet the artist.
What inspired this collection?
Paris! This city never ceases to inspire me… I’ve been a Parisian for nearly fourteen years now, yet I’m still struck with wonder whenever I ride across the Seine on my scooter. I love the idea of living in a picture postcard. So I used this type of correspondence in my work for Comptoir des Cotonniers and made Leon my messenger! I’m fascinated by the graphic identity of old postage stamps. I sought to adapt their old-fashioned charm to the present. I love the idea of writing to one another; I feel nostalgic for yesteryear’s charming means of communication.
Is travel a source of inspiration for you?
Yes! It’s one of my main sources. Travelling to find more inspiration, comparing it with Parisian codes, mixing up cultures or discovering a new craft all enrich my creativity. New discoveries and curiosity are the main driving forces in my work. While Paris is my home port, I sometimes like to go away to remind myself how unique it is and what an endless source of inspiration it is for me. Setting off to find new cities, to discover new skills and compare my way of looking at things with the unknown is a strength that nourishes my work on a daily basis.
How would you describe this capsule collection?
It has a sense of warm weather and adventure… silk scarves to tie around your hair when driving an open-top car this summer in Italy; a bag to take to the market or beach; and T-shirts to say “I love you” to your mother. Correspondence from a daughter to her mother, stamps with old-fashioned charm to stick on a postcard. A tribute to Paris and Parisian women!