Could you tell us about your specific influences and inspirations for this collection?
The Scattered Hearts collection is mostly inspired by manga and fantasy books, each outfit narrates a chapter of a story. I imagined the story of an apprentice sorceress with a dark past fighting evil with love spells and charms. I was just thinking this summer how sometimes it would be cool to have some sort of heroine to replace unccessary hate by love.
Each photo of the lookbook represents the cover of a chapter. The outfits are inspired by a fictional event that happens in the story of “Scattered Hearts”. For example, what outfit the protagonist would wear on a school day, or what special dress she would wear at the book’s final combat.
The themes and ambiance of this collection were particularly inspired by magical girl horror manga like Puella Magi Madoka and Magical Girl Site, as well as the Alice in Wonderland tale. Magical girl horror is a fairly new genre of manga which mixes really cute aesthetics and magical girls in pretty dresses with an apocalyptic story line and some deranged evil character. Yay!
How did you get your brand started? When did you decide to start selling your designs?
I started Catalogue d’une Nymphe about a year ago, because that’s where I began to be really confident with my sewing skills. I opened an Etsy shop and then it grew bigger and bigger. I started selling at anime conventions and markets, while a couple of my friends decided to join the fun and help me take photos, knitting, selling and modelling.
Tell us a little about your creative process?
Ideas come to me by drawing. I’m always sketching stuff, mostly clothes, and little by little, some core concept begins to take form and I start from there. Then I have to actually make the clothing, by drawing paper patterns and making garments drafts (muslins), which takes a lot of trial and error. Sometimes, the paper ideas translate well into fabric form, sometimes not.
How long does it take you to create each piece by hand?
I rarely see the hours pass by when I’m sewing! Even so, I approximate about 2-5 hours for a normal dress, but it really depends on the amount of details there is to sew!
You aim to use sustainable materials and a sustainable process. Could you tell us more about this?
In the future, when I’ll have more resources, I would like to make all my clothes with sustainable materials, but for now, we can say that I aim for it. It’s hard to compromise between style, price and availability. Usually, the reasons for me using “normal fabric” are when I can’t find the color or motif I want in a sustainable version at a reasonable price.
Fortunately, black is always available in a sustainable material! For example, the Alice Dress and the Victorian Top are made from tencell, a really soft and breathable fabric. Tencell is a form of rayon fabric made from sustainably sourced wood pulp. Most of the products and energy are reused in its manufacturing process, so it makes really little waste!
Why is sustainability so important to you?
Sustainability is important for me since it touches every aspect of the garment and is a global approach that makes a positive difference through every stage: making, wearing/washing and end-of-cycle. It’s also about the way the clothes are meant to be worn. If you buy a piece of clothing that is pretty but uncomfortable and that doesn’t fit with anything, are you really going to wear it often? Probably not.
So I really try to create clothes that are versatile and comfortable, with an interesting background, style and attention to detail, so that people will cherish the garment and wear it a lot. I want to create some sort of healthy relationship between the wearer, the maker and the environment.
What else do you think is essential information we must have on your brand?
Part of the reason my brand name is written in French is because I live in the province of Quebec in Canda, where our official language is French. “Catalogue d’une Nymphe” means “The Nymph’s Catalog”. I chose this name to evoke something magical, practical and natural, which corresponds perfectly to my brand’s philosophy!
Most of my clothing is “made to order”, which means i make ti after you order it. It allows me to sew it the size you want, the colour you prefer or make other modifications. Here’s a 15% off coupon code available at my boutique to thank you for reading: WALRUS15 🙂
What do you guys think of the collection? Is it something you’d be interested in?
All images (minus the screenshot of the anime Puella Magi Madoka) used in this post are the property of Catalogue d’une Nymphe and have been used with permission.