In 1997, Thierry Gillier had the desire to establish a unique, effortless and unruly luxury house. A dream that sounds like a revolt, which he named Zadig & Voltaire, and whose history is based on the revival of knitwear as well as Merino wool and the anti-conformism of cashmere. Driven by Cecilia Bönström’s creative vision, the young House imagines a new identity for knitwear. 25 years later, the dream continues with the Zadig & Voltaire 25th Anniversary knitwear drop where the stunning knits that have become icons, demonstrate an exceptional craftsmanship, in perpetual renewal.
When Thierry Gillier adopted it in the 1990s, the cashmere jumper was a desperately sensible style. Very old school, it represented unshakeable conformism. For the founder of Zadig & Voltaire, it was time to transcend this material and dust off its image.
In between our Parisian studio’s ideas and creation in the workshops drawing on dedicated know-how, endless prototypes were produced and fittings took place to make this unique cashmere. Feather cashmere would be the brand’s first innovation. The nobility of the fabric gained visibility and it became a key piece; every wardrobe needs a casual-chic cashmere piece. Slip your hand under the fine, lightweight knit and you’ll see that it lets the light through.
After Cecilia Bönström’s arrival, she continued to work on cashmere with new-found enthusiasm. The intarsia technique allowed colored threads to be added during the weaving process, creating a stylized camouflage effect. In the heart of what Cecilia Bönström calls the “laboratory”, the studio turned cashmere into more than a luxury product, a forward-looking product.
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