April in Paris
Tell us about your business.At 16 I enrolled in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris. Immediately after graduation, I was hired by Hermes in Paris as an apprentice leather artisan. In 1987, Hermès appointed me an “Ambassador” to their newly opened San Francisco boutique. In 2000, I opened my own boutique and workshop on Clement Street. Leaving Hermes was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but it was the best thing I could have ever done. I felt that there was a niche for custom work, which was what Hermes used to do quite often, which they don’t do as much anymore. I could see the demand for custom work when I was working there. So, I started out and rented a little space and have slowly been growing. Last year, I started a school to teach the age old craft of leather hand working. I would like to do my part to keep this wonderful art alive.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.