Jean Paul Linen Napkins (Set of 2)

$39.00 $65.00
By Mungo

Colour

Inspired and practical. Remarkably Markian. 

Generously sized, natural linen napkins with a woven stripe detail along the true selvedge.

Available in nine colours. Use colours individually as a set or mix and match.

About the Collaboration

Mungo are a GOTS-certified homeware textile company based in South Africa. Their mission is to create heirloom-quality woven goods with integrity in an open and transparent manner.

Mungo’s mission is to provide a product of exceptional quality and beauty while providing employment and skills development to the local community. This is something they strive to do in a non-industrial environment.

Together they are working to not only create a great product but also opportunities in skills and job creation, social responsibility and an impact on their local economy – all in an authentic and meaningful way.

Materials & Care

100% Linen
True selvedge finish
Warm machine wash.
Warm iron.
Tumble dry at low heat.
Do not bleach.

Dimensions

550mm x 550mm

Namesake

“I would like to say to people, open your eyes and find beauty where you normally don't expect it.” - Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier has captivated the fashion world throughout his near 50-year career, shocking and garnering praise in equal parts for his iconoclastic haute couture collections. He is described as an "enfant terrible" of the fashion industry and is known for his unconventional designs with motifs including corsets, marinières, and tin cans. Gaultier founded his self-titled fashion label in 1982, and expanded with a line of fragrances in 1993. He was the creative director for French luxury house Hermès from 2003 to 2010, and retired following his 50th-anniversary haute couture show during Paris Fashion Week in January 2020.

Gaultier grew up in a suburb of Paris. His mother was a clerk and his father an accountant. It was his maternal grandmother, Marie Garrabe, who introduced him to the world of fashion. 

Despite having no professional training, Gaultier was hired on his 18th birthday by Pierre Cardin, who was impressed by drawings the young Frenchman sent him. It was a productive period with a lasting legacy; Gaultier later told Colin McDowell , “With Cardin, I always felt that anything was possible. He was very much the showman. He used to say, ‘I want to see a collection for women who go to the moon.’ Always, there was an idea.”

In 1976 Gaultier presented his first solo collection, using unorthodox, inexpensive materials like braided straw. Gaultier quickly gained attention due to his unconventional designs, which included sailor suits, male skirts and razor sharp and exaggerated tailoring.

Many of Gaultier's subsequent collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his haute couture collections, are very formal, yet at the same time unusual and playful. Jean Paul Gaultier says he is inspired by the baby boomers' TV culture, and the street culture where audacity sometimes triggers new trends. His main inspirations are the French popular culture, the mixing of types and genders, sexual fetishism and futurist designs.

Gaultier caused shock by using unconventional models for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. The "granny grey" hair colour trend is attributed to Gaultier, whose autumn/winter 2011 show featured models in grey beehives. In the spring of 2015, his catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week featured silver-haired models again, as did the shows of other fashion designers, Chanel and Gareth Pugh. The trend soon took off among celebrities and the general public.