Brussels brought me face to face with pattern designers Sébastien Pescarollo and Barbara Repole of the smile-begetting label Piece of Chic. At the vernissage where we originally met, I’m quite certain I crassly blurted out: “piece of What?”
Piqued, I booked an appointment and spent two hours stealing their generous espresso and tea offerings while documenting their studio. One that despite all the blaring colours, is deliciously organised into a bright and airy creative outfit on Avenue Louise. Take a peek.
Gabriel: Sébastien, Barbara, let’s start with your favourite spots in Brussels.
Sébastien: Food: L’AMOUR FOU – Great bio burger. Drink: LE BAR DU MATIN – Cool decoration, top place to drink a tea or a beer any time of the day. Music: L’AB – The place for live music.
Barbara: Food: COOK AND BOOK – Top place to eat and buy books at the same time. We like to go there late after work for inspiration because it stays open until midnight. and LE PERROQUET – For pitta. Drink: BELGA – Cool decoration, top place to drink a fresh mint tea in winter and a beer in summer on the beautiful terrace. Music: PUKKLEPOP – Great Belgian summer festival music.
Gabriel: Seems like a fantastic city! How do you see Brussels as a design centre?
Piece of Chic: It's a great melting pot of people from many horizons. We think this mix is very positive for creation. Some people say that Brussels is like a little Berlin for this creative energy. I think there is something of that. We also feel that Brussels is full of creators that want to assure the “Made in Brussels” quality Label. It’s a small city, everyone knows each other and share their passion.
Gabriel: Why Brussels as opposed to say Ghent or Antwerp?
Piece of Chic: I’m not sure that there is an opposition, but it’s the differences like between NY and LA. Differences are enriching, and makes Belgium a country with a richer and diverse créatrive.
Gabriel: So where does the name PIECEOFCHIC come from?
Piece of Chic: Our name comes from a joke. It’s the idea of not taking ourselves seriously. It’s a way to stay free! We want to create without any boundaries, doing what we like and not what people expect.
Gabriel: How did you transition from your background in design to what you currently do as a team?
Piece of Chic: The transition was made step by step. Sébastien was an art director at a communications agency in Brussels. He worked for several Belgian brands in photo shooting, catalogues, visual identities.
Barbara worked as a fashion designer for different Belgian brands and also travelled a lot. Being a couple now for 15 years, we have grown our passion for fashion together.
Piece of Chic is the perfect combination of both our skills. We both design prints for the studio and we both make decisions for the collection dresses. And Piece of Chic was founded in 2010.
Gabriel: In terms of your work, I'm intrigued by Highway to Hell - what was the inception of the collection?
Piece of Chic: For this collection, Barbara wanted to use flowers and Sébastien wanted to bring the Rock n Roll attitude. So we played with the sentence “highway to hell” using death and cemetery imageries, skulls, bones and religious icons with a magical touch.
“There is no death, only
a chance of style - RIP.
Rest In Piece of Chic.”
To represent this theme, we found cemeteries full of beautiful colours and flowers. That gave us the starting inspiration. For the shoot, we produced “chic” suicide scenes which turned Romantic and Sweet.