At Vayu, a concept store in Bikaner House, New Delhi, recently there was an IDLI pop-up. Its delicious brocade collection kept me sauntering around till for I wanted to meet Theirry Journo, a bespectacled hearty man behind this eclectic label. Reminded me of his enchanting store nestled at the entrance of Narain Niwas Palace; a shabby-chic boutique hotel in Jaipur. Entering it one instantly feels a heady rush of chic French aesthetics beautifully married to Indian craftsmanship; upping their ante.
Having tried craft techniques like marquetry on marble, brocade, jacquard or wood paintings, his influence of ‘French History of Art and Painting’ is clearly seen. Career began with training as a copyist at the Louvre museum and thereafter with few atypical French creatives like Thierry Mugler and Andrée Putman.
Taking it forward Theirry and I parked ourselves at the bistro cafe within the old-fashioned building, where he delivered a monologue on his Indian journey so far.
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