THE BISOUS BROOCH COLLECTION
A love letter to one's craft
The story behind the Bisous brooch collection began in March. I was celebrating the end of an embroidery class in Indonesia, ready to take a flight to South India to spend a few long-awaited weeks with my partner who lives there. Unfortunately, as things started to gather pace with the pandemic, India closed its borders that night. I flew back to London with a heavy heart, as we were going to be apart longer than I expected.
Back in London, 8000 km apart from my love, along with the growing sadness and uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis, I found comfort in embroidering these little kisses, like substitutes for the ones I so wished I could give. Week after week, as borders remained closed, I thought about all the millions of lost kisses around the world. And so, I made more and more of my own bisous, embracing diversity in an array of shapes and shades, echoing the global nature of the situation.
After months spent in isolation away from my love and my beloved India, I craved connection with this country where I had lived so happily just a few months before. In an attempt to lift my spirits, I wanted to make and share as many kiss brooches as possible. So, this collaboration with highly-skilled artisans in Mumbai was born, hand-crafting bisous in small batches (you can read more about Clo de Vila’s unique connection with Indian embroidery here).
With these little bisous, I hope to spread a bit of love and give a touch of comfort to those wearing them, just as they did for me in making them.
'Je t'envoie mon coeur dans un bisou.' / ' I send you my heart in a kiss.' – Anatole France