• 1956 - 1972

  • THE LITTLE BOY
    WHO DREW
    DREAMS
    Jacqueline Model with her daughter Christine
     
     
    1956 -

    Philippe Model was born in Sens, not far from Paris, in 1956 in an affluent family. His father, a very authoritarian figure, had a successful leather tanning business, where little Philippe now and again would steal samples of leather to give vent to his creativity.

    His elder sister Christine, who later became Director of Gallimard Jeunesse, was immediately impressed by the boundless talent of that child who, busy giving shape to his dreams, would spend the days engrossed in drawings, and chose him as the recurring central figure in her essays at school.

    It was his mother Jacqueline, with her innate elegance and passion for the arts, who gave great scope to the curiosity of the young Philippe. Evenings at the theatre, horse races, a passion for reading, working on his voice at the Conservatoire formed the incredible fertile soil from which the artist's visions were soon to give the first fruits.

    Yves Saint Laurent
    1972 -

    At 16, Philippe plucked up his courage, went to the 16th arrondissement in Paris and gave to Yves Saint Laurent in person some flowers he had made in leather.

    It was a success beyond all expectations! The great designer liked those flowers so much that he commissioned some to be used in his Haute Couture collection.

  • 1978 - 1989

  • THE ARTIST
    BECOMES
    A BRAND
    Philippe Model in his atelier, 1978
     
     
    1978 -

    At only 22, he decided that it was time to found Philippe Model Paris, His creations immediately received the attention of iconic designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Claude Montana.

     
     
    1980 -

    The artist's creative dream fully embraced his expertise. Thanks to "getting his hands dirty", moulding material, finding innovative solutions directly on the job, he was awarded the prize as "best artisan of France" in 1981.

    audrey hepburn
    1981 -

    Adored by stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth, Paulette, to "repay the favour" of what had happened, offered an internship to Philippe. Being in the realm of the woman who was defined "the queen of milliners, the milliner of queens" was for Philippe an unrepeatable opportunity to measure up to his most ambitious project at the start of his career, i.e. to put hats back on everyone's head.

    The French artist's quest continued. Amongst his multiple collaborations, he started to have relations with Italy, taking him near Venice, on the banks of the River Brenta. There he was fully immersed in Italian craftsmanship, expertise and the cult for quality.

     
     
    1982 -

    His love for experimenting led Philippe to play with different solutions and materials. His light-hearted attitude allowed him to go from hats for European aristocracy to what has been acknowledged as the first iconic shoe by Philippe Model, l'Elastique.

    A woman's babouche with a closed heel, extremely easy to wear. An unexpected shoe which became the symbol of modern femininity, anticipating an ideal of comfort which was then extended to the future sneakers.

     
    1983 -

    The artist increasingly divided his time between France and Italy in the continuous quest for the perfect distillate between the two great poles of fashion. For the opening of his first boutique, however, he returned to his Paris and, in 1983, the Philippe Model sign shone in the sunlight in the very central Place Marché St. Honoré.

    The boutique in the heart of Paris further increased the fame of the designer who became a brand but without sacrificing strategic partnerships and collaborations.

     
     
    1984 -

    A great impetus to development was given by his elder sister Laurence, a model known for her innate elegance, who in time helped Philippe in the public relations and inspired him like a muse. The pair turned out to be an exceptional complementary couple at the head of the fashion house.

    Laurence, a friend of the Hermès family, introduced Philippe to various personalities of the period, including Jean-Louis Dumas, Chairman of the iconic brand from 1978 to 2006. Philippe thus succeeded in making many hats for the famous horse races of the Prix de Diane in Chantilly.

  • 1990 - 2000

  • CREATING,
    FOR ANOTHER
    WORLD
    Creating for another world
     
     
    1990 -

    This total way of creating persuaded Model to create actual performances during his presentations. Attention was paid to even the tiniest detail, the scenery, the music and the colours were coordinated and amplified the concept of the collection. The venue was the Suite Royale of Le Meurice, the same one where Salvador Dalì usually spent at least one month for over thirty years.

    The creative use of spaces, reinventing them infinite times, put Philippe in the spotlight regarding interior design as well, a sector for which he was to be increasingly in demand.

    1991 -

    Philippe was attracted in particular by the almost magical power that accessories had in emphasizing or transforming the personality of the person wearing them. Like a great actor in the theatre he could also interpret the stylistic universe of other fashion houses, enriching them with his creative intuitions.

     
     
    1991 - 1994

    Collaboration for Lanvin, Kenzo e Dior

     
     
     

    The attention of the media.

     
     
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    International consecration reached its zenith when some Philippe Model creations became part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the National Gallery of Australia and other museums in France, the Netherlands and Spain.

    In Paris, on the other hand, the exhibition "Philippe Model, Scènes de Mode" organized by the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art was highly successful.

  • 2008 - Today

  • A
    NEW
    STAGE
    Sneakers
     
    2008 -

    It was 2008 when Philippe, on a trip to his trusted craftsmen of the Riviera del Brenta, met the designer Paolo Gambato known for his collaborations with well-known Italian and international brands. The pair, after a quick exchange, in which they reveal similar visions, stayed in contact until a few months later, when Gambato suggested to Philippe that they develop sneakers together.

    This product had not been made by the fashion house until then but times had changed and Philippe deemed the market mature to appreciate elegant and 100% Italian-made sneakers. It was a success.

     
     
    100% Made In Italy -

    Every Philippe Model shoe is the perfect synthesis of French class and Italian quality.

    The highest definition of craftsmanship together with impeccable materials and technological innovation gave authentic richness to every shoe and a definite impetus towards everything that is beauty and experimentation.

     
     
    2017 -

    Alongside the prestigious Paris showroom, in 2017 Philippe Model opened a new space of 700 square metres in Milan's fashion district, the brand's international point of reference.

     
     
    2017 -

    For 2017 the ambitious plan of international growth started by Philippe Model included the opening of the first flagship store in the heart of Milan.

  • The Creations

  • TIMELESS
    CODES
    LE BLASON
    The essence of Paris
    A stylized interpretation of the coat of arms of Paris as a tribute of love to the city that has made this fantastic story of style possible. Sewn by hand on every shoe, le Blason captures and expresses the essence of Philippe Model. A strong and recognizable symbol, which in all its variants, enhanced by Guilloché patterns or underlined only on the contour, it represents different eras and places, classic Parisian tradition and high Italian craftsmanship, quality and sartorial luxury.
    DESSINS
    A tribute to wallpaper
    The world of wallpaper, playful and dreamlike patterns, those free flights of the imagination that are Les Papiers Peints to which Model has dedicated a whole book, are laid joyfully on the fashion house's creations. A place of unexpected possibilities, with the audacious layering of materials, is revealed on the horizon.
    PARIS
    The timeless
    Paris sneaker, the super classic of the fashion house. A simple and linear design which shows combinations of materials and textures that are always new and unmistakable.
    TROPEZ
    Fashionable and Versatile
    Inspired by the fascinating itineraries of the French Riviera, The Tropez sneaker is an iconic model that evokes a lifestyle with an exclusive flavour.
    PETITE MODEL
    Practical and Design
    A bag that is Petit in name and in essence where every detail has been studied to make it more practical through design. The closure with the Blason enhanced by the Guilloché process gives the bag an aura of elegant nobility.