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STUDIO CLANDESTIN, more than a clothing brand, is an innovative, timeless concept, combining styling with the arts in a committed and inventive spirit, where a transversality of artisanal know-how mingles with the plasticity of contemporary art.
The essence of STUDIO CLANDESTINis the project of Jonathan Canuti, young creator of Vallauris, who grows up in the middle of greenhouses sheltering the most beautiful flowers of the Azurean region. He is the heir to the markets of Provence and evolves in the legs of the artisans of his region. Ceramists from Vallauris, sculptors and painters from Saint-Paul de Vence, glassblowers from Biot and carnival riders from Nice are the childhood heroes of Jonathan who becomes a lover of beauty and goodness.
During his studies in communication at the Faculty of Nice Sophia Antipolis, he acquired the culture of the image by discovering the history of art, semiology and script writing. These image sciences give him the desire to reinvent himself and create.
Jonathan sharpens his artistic gaze at the same time as his passion for fashion. It becomes for him the most relevant means of expression to claim his vision of the world. He makes Fashion his art. He uses it to express himself, to claim, to stand out and to assert himself. He will be thirsty to know everything on the subject: fabrics, sewing, color, associations, the cross influences of the great couturiers and quickly becomes very sharp. At the same time, his work as visual manager and commercial strategies in a large ready-to-wear brand taught him the foundations of “factory fashion” which he was going to deconstruct.
It was in 2017 that Jonathan Canuti emancipated himself in his name as a designer and created STUDIO CLANDESTIN, which, more than a brand, is an identity, a concept combining the loves of his life including the enhancement of the 'craftsmanship, the mixture of noble and industrial materials, and the endless reinvention of basic pieces. Through his deconstruction work, he uses pieces already created by the industry to make them unique pieces, by associating regional know-how.
Jonathan Canuti embellished the pieces with ceramic borrowed from Laurène JEANNETTE's workshops in Vallauris. All the pieces in her collection are assembled in the small village of Drap, under the needle of Elise Pelaïa, a seamstress with a singing accent in her Clandestine workshop. There is craftsmanship in the phone call and the sun in the quilts.
The concept of STUDIO CLANDESTIN will, in future collections, highlight other Artists such as Yves Klein, as well as collaborations with contemporary artists from various backgrounds.
Antoine Lavoisier said "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed". STUDIO CLANDESTIN has made this maxim its hobby horse and will offer on its website, alongside its online store, an explosive service: THE CLANDESTIN LABORATORY. In his "Lab", Jonathan will offer his customers a detailed sheet of the raw material necessary for the production of the original parts of the Shop. Everyone is free to explore the intricacies of their closet or to go hunting for treasures and send them to Jonathan who will transform them. These daring customers will be offered a new lease of life to their basics and a significant reduction on their order.
His practice as a stylist operates in the analysis of "factory fashion", with the objective of revealing the aesthetic differences and omissions revealed by ready-to-wear.
Jonathan Canuti's desire is to project the garment in an artistic context, where a space is specifically offered to the sensitive, in order to give a plastic dimension to the pieces in his collection. Through the performance parade, the model brings to life the textile creations of Studio Clandestin, whose architectures enter into communication with space. A way to promote an artistic heritage which is still alive and which feeds our sometimes metaphysical reflections on a daily basis.
In an era where overconsumption is a guru, Jonathan and his STUDIO CLANDESTIN break the codes and hijack them so that everyone who will wear Studio becomes Clandestine.