A new brand at Bongénie Grieder, Maison de Papillon offers elegant and comfortable pieces made from luxurious fabrics. Their founders Danielle Salinas and Shriya Bisht Misra tell us all about their inspirations for the brand.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When and why did you decide to work together?
Our paths crossed while attending Parsons New School of Design in New York City. We immediately identified with each other’s fascination for art and travel, along with our love for fashion. We entered the fashion industry as established businesswomen and were determined to create a luxury brand that reflected our energetic pace and style. In late 2013 Maison de Papillon was born and nurtured by us, Danielle Salinas and Shriya Bisht Misra.
What are your inspirations? Who are your muses?
The constantly evolving woman is our ultimate inspiration and muse. Our FW’17 collection explores the idea of polished serenity and the formality of Japan. We seek our muses in icons like Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo, Amelia Earhart, Hedy Lamarr, women who have contributed significantly in their respective fields and are inspiration to many.
How would you define the Maison de Papillon woman?
She is a woman who values style and timeless elegance without sacrificing ease and comfort. She inspires and continues to be inspired. She is a woman who dreams and believes!
What are your bestsellers?
Our Jesse boyfriend shirt, is our version of a men's dress shirt and is definitely one of the bestsellers. Our luxury Mongolian cashmere Monroe vest and Vail cocoon make great versatile pieces that are perfect for travelling. The Anna silk tank, is a must have piece in every woman's closet. Most ladies that own one Anna tank want it in every colour available.
A French speaker's question: why did you call your brand Maison de Papillon?
At Maison de Papillon we believe design is not just visual, it is a thought process. We believe in the process of transition and evolution, similar to the life of a butterfly/papillon. We focus on designing garments which transcend traditional categories and boundaries. Our design seamlessly transitions from travel and lounge wear to ready-to -wear, with a philosophy, "simplicity is the ultimate luxury". As a brand we follow traditional French sewing techniques using superior natural fiber fabrics.
We saw in your Instagram that you were recently in Switzerland, any favourite places?
Bongénie Grieder of course was top, top, top for shopping!!! We loved visiting several of the stores, watching the fashion on your clients and enjoyed coffee and light bites at the café. We enjoyed our strolls in the evening in the old town area near St. Pierre in Geneva and the main street Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. We did indulge in the richness of Läderach chocolates. This has absolutely changed our chocolate expectations for the future!
What are your favourite places to shop in New York?
This is an excellent question but a bit difficult as New York City has so much fantastic shopping. One of our favourite clothing stores to shop is Jimmy's NY located in Brooklyn for their excellent vision of fashion. Along with Maison de Papillon the store houses Balmain, Marchesa, Ellory, Elie Saab, Barbara Bui, to name few. Our other favourite place to shop is Bergdorf Goodman for its fashion, people watching and nostalgic environment.
Describe your brand in a few words
Versatile, Luxurious, Timeless… Maison de Papillon reflects a sense of relaxed and timeless elegance which focuses on the fabrication and the fit. It is the “Must Have” for the world traveller and the modern woman on the go. Season after season we help our buyers build an efficient wardrobe with a new classic twist of versatility. The collection is designed in New York City, crafted with exceptional skill and attention to detail, and made from superior natural fibre fabrics.
Discover Maison de Papillon’s creations in stores and online.