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A butler is always an special indulgence and this inanimate valet named Jeeves from Paris-based La Chance certainly lives up to that spirit. Designers Gaston Tolila and Nicholas Gilliland craft a luxurious, wall-mounted hanger in richly finished wood or, at its most elevated, in matte walnut and gleaming Carrara marble. Named for the P.G Wodehouse character—the ultimate gentleman’s gentleman—this version is "le denier cri" for the discriminating man (or woman!) to hold a jacket or coat, with an additional crossbar for folded trousers, a scarf or other accessories.
The founders of La Chance, the Paris-based design house, have united talent from the bustling “new wave” of global design—10 designers hailing from 9 different countries—in a collection marked by contemporary French élan. And entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Souletie and architect Louise Breguetbeen are partners in business and in life, as they say. Between the pair, they have lived in India and China, designed offices in London and built homes in Haiti, and lent their know-how to established luxury companies and emerging start-ups.
When the 20-something couple first met, they discovered they were both inspired by a love of the Art Deco movement, when objects were valued for function as well as their decorative attributes. That spirit imbues the modern sense of luxury and uncontrived manner of of their collection of furniture, lighting and rugs. “We like things to be warm, colorful, and good quality,” Louise says. “And in terms of style, you can see all the workings of the furniture, even the upholstered pieces, as we have nothing to hide.”