Pullman announces the launch of its “Urban Line”, a new collection of hotelier uniforms exclusively designed by the fashion designer Martine Sitbon in a chic Parisian spirit. Managers, concierges, housekeepers, multifunction runners and technicians of the Pullman network will adopt a modern and elegant style while also remaining casual. “I like the emphasis Pullman puts on conviviality, this desire to stand out by giving more of a sense of design, dream, and art. The collection reflects a contemporary, comfortable, couture spirit, with a light. “says Martine Sitbon. the collection, which features a distinctive and differentiating element in the form of a rounded collar, is now distributed throughout the Pullman network.
INTERVIEW WITH MARTINE SITBON
Why did you choose fashion?
Actually, I was initially more interested in music. My sister, who knew my passion for drawing, encouraged me to enrol at the Studio Berçot and as soon as I got there it was love at first sight. I instantly loved this world and understood that it was the one for me – it was like a revelation. However, I was young and still far from imagining that I would one day become a designer!
How would you define your style?
My style is androgynous, rock, poetic, often contradictory. I like androgynous silhouettes, I like to give a very masculine side to the female universe, as represented by my collection of trench coats and my work on military styles.There are many. I like contrasting materials. Soft fabrics like crêpe de chine and functional, harder fabrics. I often tell stories through these contrasting materials and my ornamental work.
What inspired you in the Pullman’s brand universe?
I could feel their desire for change, to alter the rather cold side that business hotels can have and find a way out of this impersonal atmosphere. I like the emphasis Pullman puts on conviviality, this desire to stand out by giving more of a sense of design, dream, and art. I found the concept very interesting and wanted to be part of the project.
Which Pullman codes have you chosen to work/play with? Why?
I’ve worked in particular on the round collar of the dresses, which resonate with this aspect of conviviality.For Pullman, I have drawn on the universe of Parisian chic with a slight couture aspect and the choice of materials.
How would you define the “urban line” collection?
The collection reflects a contemporary, comfortable, couture spirit, with a light and casual touch. I have always been very inspired by films, in particular “Diary of a Chambermaid” and a David Lynch film. I took on this project as if I was working on film costumes. I wanted to add something a bit fun.
What is your vision of travel?
The ideal for me is traveling to a country with a rich culture in order to make discoveries. One country that I love, for example, is Japan and the extremes of this secular country of eye-watering modernity. I am a very visual person and think that a trip has been a success if I leave with strong images. I need to feed my soul somehow! My vision of travel is that of an enriching experience.
What do you think will be the hotel of the future?
For me, the hotels of the future will be more and more personalised, with similar decor to a home, where you can feel at ease. In India, for example, many Maharajas’ homes have been transformed into hotels, with lots of small sitting rooms and gardens that make you feel at home. It’s nice to have a cosy room. Whether the hotel is large or small, it must have a soul
.Are your designs linked to the cultures or places you visit?
My designs can be linked to my travels but this is not necessarily instantaneous. As time goes by, I store up images that I sometimes use years later.