From their duality comes synergy and strength. It’s a love of tradition combined and contrasted with an avant-garde and resolutely futuristic approach to style. We chat to Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, creators of Coperni…
MONNIER Frères: Who is behind Coperni?
Sébastien Meyer: The two of us co-founded Coperni. Arnaud deals with the business and organisation side of things, and I'm in charge of design.
M.F.: When there are two people designing, there’s always the risk that one of you will be more in the spotlight than the other, which doesn't seem to be the case with you. How do you operate day to day?
S.M.: It's all very natural, it's a conversation about every detail, about every decision that needs to be made.
A.V.: We have a lot of respect for each other, and we both act as spokespersons for the brand.
S.M.: Plus, we don't really like the whole celebrity designer thing, so the brand name speaks for itself. It's more the idea of an adventure, a collective.
M.F.: Speaking of which, how did you come up with the idea of launching Coperni, whose name is a tribute to Copernicus?
S.M.: It happened very naturally. We launched Coperni just after fashion school, where we met. Arnaud was working at other labels, and I was ready to create. We started by making clothes, and then we had to find a name.
A.V.: We felt Coperni sounded good in all languages. Aside from that, we love everything it says in terms of imagination, science, progress, adventures, discoveries...
A.V.: ...the futuristic side as well as the traditional feel. We’ve always loved the duality of paying tribute to heritage and tradition while making things more futuristic, more avant-garde.