Antonine and Luisa with their bags in hand from their line–TL-180
I discovered the creative duo in an issue of Elle France over one year ago. Antonine and Luisa have been mentioned in several fashion magazines because of their line, TL-180. Their collection is a representation of their boho-chic style. Each item is made by hand and available only in London, Tokyo, Paris, and Turin.
Luisa and Antonine–both are half French and half Italian with degrees in architecture (Antonine) and fashion (Luisa). Their collaboration began shortly after they met in Rome 7 years ago during a party at Villa Medici. They had both just finished their studies, so the timing was perfect.
“We had the luck to meet the German artist Anselm Kiefer. We were both struck by him and we began to paint.” The painting and creativity inspired Antonine and Luisa to begin their project. “From the canvas we decided to create a clutch.” TL-180 was launched–T for “Tine” (Antonine’s nickname), L for Luisa, and 180 for their height. A series of fortunate encounters transformed their brand into a business.
“Kiefer taught us the importance of working with the material. Researching the fabrics and the multiple ways they can be alternated.” Their handbags have high quality leathers that undergo treatments which make them appear rougher. Evening bags and clutches are produced in Rome and the larger bags are created in Milan. Expect more from these two designers because handbags are not their only passion. “Our motto is our union which is our strength. We like the idea of widening our horizons towards art, photography, design, etc. We’ve always thought that there weren’t divisions between these genres, and we do know that we live very instinctively, by feelings and this is why we don’t rule anything out.”
“We love movies, drawing, taking pictures, traveling.”
“We love going to markets to look for all kinds of objects and then mix them with our personal things, our family pieces, or to make necklaces. We love it!
And we also love rings.”
“We love hats, we have a huge collection! Soon we’ll be designing them.”
“We always change our favorites. At the moment…
Tine: Chloè shirt with pierrot collar.
Luisa: A long ’30s dress (vintage).
Tine: “I love all kinds of music, like rock or bands like the Talking Heads. But I also adore French music, Italian music (Jacques Brel, Brassens, Mina, De andre, Battisti…) and ’80s music (for singing and dancing!)”
Luisa: “Pink Floyd, Radiohead… and lately Grizzly Bear and LCD, Soundsystem. I’m also a victom of the music from the ’60s and ’70s.”
Luisa: Martini with ice and lemon.
Margiela, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Givenchy.
Quotes and Info taken from vogue.it
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