“Dive in memories and restyle them."
- Color : Checked light blue
- Composition : 100 % cotton flannel
- Corozo buttons
- Slightly fitted cut
* Made with love in Portugal *
Maximilien is 1m81 tall, weights 72kg and wears a size M.
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“I remember the stories my father used to tell us, when my brothers and I were young. He’d explain to us how, in Vietnam, he would travel to school on the backs of crocodiles.” Valentin, the co-founder of OLOW, recalls his childhood memories, lulled by the fantastical tales of his father who was born in the South East Asian country. “He’d tell us about the intense heat in Ha Long Bay, and how his father was a secret agent. All this was before the war. And then, as we grew older and became adults, he never stopped recounting his crazy stories to us.”
Two years ago, Valentin set off in tandem to travel around the world. He remembers being aboard the train travelling from China to Vietnam through the Northern route. “I was slightly anxious,” he confesses. “My head was filled with images. From colonised Vietnam, to my father’s childhood, our family… I was about to begin my own journey into my family’s history and my origins.”
In the end, Valentin discovered a wonderful country, with its beautiful landscapes and its delicious culinary heritage. “In Saigon, I met up with one of my uncles and felt sad when I couldn’t find my family homes… But I loved discovering a new way of life where everyone comes together, plays badminton and volleyball in the city parks and squares, and spends their days outside.”
Saigon is the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, located in the south of Vietnam. It’s also the name we decided to give this shirt, made with love, as a tribute to this bustling city.
“Dive in memories and restyle them"
The word “flannel” is said to stem from the Welsh term for “wool”. Although flannel was originally entirely made of wool, it is now made up of cotton. Soft to the touch, the fibres are napped, scratched, and then raised to give the fabric that soft feel. Often used for winter coats, shirts and hats, flannel renders garments more waterproof.
A spanish word to describe vegetable ivory, corozo (or tagua) is the fleshy interior of the ivory palm fruit - called endosperm - originally from the Amazonian forest. It can be sculpted, changed and polished as easily as ivory. Corozo was first discovered in 1798 by Spanish explorers Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavón who set out to explore the Peruvian jungle of the upper Amazon. They discovered that the first people to use the palm fruit to create jewellery and objects were the Quechua Indians. Fishermen also worked with corozo, creating small receptacles and snuff boxes. In 1865, a steamer left Esmeraldas in Ecuador for Hamburg with cargos of tagua on board. The Germans then discovered the vegetable ivory and began making buttons and small ornaments such as dice, thimbles, needle sheaths, jewellery and drawer knobs.