- Could you present yourself ?
My name’s Thibault Dollet, I’m a 30 year-old parisian. I’d describe myself as a curious, creative and practical person. Until now, I worked as a freelancer for Lee Cooper, JC de Castelbajac, Ora Ito, Iceberg, Carven, Pigalle and HOON of course. These various works induced a necessity to turn to people in order to immerse myself into the projects, but also to be perfectly autonomous to be quickly effective.
It made me develop a strong initiative spirit, and a prolific pugnacity. I like to understand the spheres I meet, from the genealogy of an inspiration to the creative and technical flurry. In other words I try to illuminate the hyphen between an idea and its application.
- Where did you get this passion for fashion ?
In this way, I’ve always been attracted by occupations that combine theory and practice, knowledge and savoir-faire. And for good reason, materials make me think about their texture, color, or reflection but I also want to comprehend volumes and movements. I met these characteristics in architecture, then by being a character designer and finally in fashion. Fashion motivated me to study haute couture and design.
- What is the key word of HOON ?
HOON’s philosophy is described by this leitmotiv: serious leather. With HOON’s co-founder, Adrien Haddad, we keep these magic words in mind for every reflection. It expresses our will to offer an authentic, quality work. We aspire to keep a human dimension that puts our approach right between fashion and handcraft. Far from mass production, HOON has to be based on the relationship we have with people. A honest relationship that aims the customer’s short, middle and long-term satisfaction.
- What are your inspirations ?
I have very diverse inspirations. Various fields such as american vintage’s imagery, the hard lines of Japanese clothing, or the cultures that emerged from the 80s and the 90s. It inspires me daily. On the other hand, encounters are another inexhaustible source of inspiration. What I expect is enriching alterity. Encounters are precious and they deeply affect me. The last one: a documentary about L’Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird), a famous french plane that disappeared with its pilots, François Coli and Charles Nungesser as they tried to join New York from Paris. The recurrent one: with one of our makers or suppliers. An unexpected one: the visit of Blitz Motorcycles workshops.
- What are your future projects?
From 2016, HOON won’t make seasonal collections anymore. We want to get out of a supply scheme full of intermediaries. We prefer to encourage contact with our customer. So all through the year we will offer projects with different themes. Without saying too much, a two-parts collaboration with Blitz Motorcycles will come. Finally, I’m very enthusiastic about plant leather that has particularly interesting characteristics. You’ll certainly find it in one of HOON’s next projects.