A WORKSHOP BOUTIQUE
A workshop boutique
This principle was a must because we wanted the visitor, whether a customer or just anyone who liked our products, to meet the craftsmen at work and be able to share with them their idea of what dreams are made of, or just an interest in beautiful manufactured items... and sometimes a little bit of the history of sails.
Occasionally, suggestions or feedback from customers were the origin of new models.
The boutique has become a place of exchange and discovery, open to other arts by way of temporary exhibitions and the hosting of various artists or other local craftsmen.
- Careful, traditional quality craftsmanship : Know-how that comes from sailing, design, fashion or leather goods
- Attention to details : Hand finishing
- Creativity and uniqueness : continually renewing and adapting to the materials collected
- A product that lasts : can be repaired or altered
- An eco-friendly product : We give a second lease of life to sails that have already been used, we use downgraded new fabrics (second-best fabrics that are not suitable for sailing)
- Respect for primary materials used for their characteristics
- The importance of relationships : Exchange with and confidence in our partners
The Loyalty of our customers and their pride when carrying our bags are our best reward.
Throughout maritime history, sailors, who also sewed sails, have always made bags from the materials they had available.
We have urbanised, feminised and thus modernised this tradition.
Whether we are revisiting the classic sailor's bag or envisaging other designs and new uses, we have created our own style by observing and appropriating the techniques of the sailmaker and the rigger.
From « the art of transforming boat sails » in 2000 to « Sailcloth fashion » in 2013, Vent de Voyage's commitment has always been the development of a creative spirit, a know-how and the art of living outside the influence of changing trends.
The possibility of creating a bag of your choice or of bringing your own sail to turn it into an object that is both useful and full of memories are features which are dear to us.
This flexibility is possible thanks to the traditional structure of the manufacturing process and the symbiosis of a team set up by Yann and Christine.
Christine's capacity to design, coupled with Yann's knowledge of sailmaking and seamanship have enabled them to perfect the particular methods of their workshop.
These special skills and their personality and sincerity are reflected in our designs, which often feature handfinished touches for the handles.
Each item is unique, stamped with its own number and date of manufacture.
Two young women trained in the manufacture of leather goods and fashion have joined the workshop, giving the company a new impetus and new production capabilities.
The exchange of know-how enriches our new designs and continues the traditional craftsmanship.
We design gifts and personalised items for businesses, whether for marketing purpose or convention use. We can also create exclusive designs to order.
Creativity and innovation
The challenge of recycling is to adapt to the constantly renewed materials that we collect. From the sail of an Optimist dinghy to that of an ocean-racing multihull by way of the foresail of a tall ship, we find ideas that relate to making the best use we can of each sail.
Since 2000, the first Mylar® sails became table mats or shower curtains and spinnakers were used to make « small bags for lots of things ».
Over time, around thirty styles have seen the light of day. Cowhide, downgraded fabrics and canvasses, and awnings have joined with recycled sails as the inspiration for some original designs that are ever more intricate.
You will find in our shop : Curtains, baskets, log holders or magazine racks, lampshades, deck chairs, AA by Airborne chairs, or simple table mats. All items can be personalized on order.
Our expertise is also available to assist you in your design or fitting-out projects. We have already made mirrors, modesty canvas, windbreaks or guardrails, shade cloths, sliding panels, custom armchair covers... Your own ideas may also inspire us !