This year, M.PATMOS collaborated with the always stylish Selima Optique, owned by Selima Salaun. Salaun is incredibly spirited and effortlessly combines playful, modern and sleek design sensibilities (and of course she is French, avec a certain chicness).
With this in mind, we were curious to hear her top five M.PATMOS picks. We also got a chance to ask her a few questions about upcoming work for Selima Optique.
Mariner Boatneck - LOVE LOVE LOVE! Very French classic with a twist. It will make me feel like a modern Jean Seberg in “A bout de souffle” de Godard.
Track Pant Trouser - I’m very much a pencil skirt lady, but at the times I go for pants at night, this is exactly it.
Cashmere Birdseye Wrapover Cardigan- This cardigan is such a chic and versatile layer. I’d pair it with pops of color; fuschias, purples, hot pinks.
Leather Hem Dress - LOVE the shape. Very simple and elegant reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn.
Delicate Mesh Collage Cardigan - Love the subtle textures, and exactly my kind of color.
Shirt Dress - This one I’d pick for my college-age daughter, Zoe, who’d take it to grunge levels with big old sneakers and a second hand cardigan.
Was anything in particular influential for you for this season?
This season, as always, I was inspired by my clients and my personal friends. So what we launched this season was a diverse as my social circle; some seriously flirty, detailed, cat’s eyes, but we also added a very strict and straight lined, minimalist almost ‘new wave-y’ pair of sunglasses. It’s always a real mix; I don’t like to adhere to a cohesive theme for a season.
How do you typically start your design process for each collection?
Usually the design process starts when I’m checking in with my workshops in France to see the samples for the previous collection. That’s when we discuss new possibilities, and that’s usually when I go to Italy to source vintage sheets of acetate that were discarded by other factories years, sometimes decades ago. This is how my ideas for colors and shapes for the next round come together.
Do you use any other eco-conscious processes or materials for your line?
Selima Optique eyewear cases are always vegan, there’s absolutely no need to use leather. The Italian acetate we use for our frames is cellulose, and the production process is mainly manual, we’re not a huge business, and so our carbon footprint is automatically relatively modest.