The Peart brothers : Twenty things you should know about Dexter & Byron Peart...
The Peart brothers
Twenty things you should know about Dexter & Byron Peart...
Zanoah Bia + Verba5, April 8, 2013
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Having been inspired by the world of fashion their entire lives, twins, Dexter and Byron Peart came to design the WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie collection from a solid point of understanding and ambition. Dexter, having spent 8 years as Vice President of Sixty Canada, and Byron, 5 years as Marketing Director of Diesel Canada and now also president of WANT Agency (the North American distribution agency for brands such as Acne, Filippa K and Nudie), saw the need for something a little different in the world of accessories. A lifelong fascination with the bygone era of luxury travel and a longing to recreate its magnificence and sumptuousness, prompted the twins to found WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie in 2006.
 
Conceived out of a “want” for premium quality leather goods to house the “essential” professional and personal products that we use in our modern everyday lives, Dexter and Byron wanted to challenge the status quo by offering stylish, functional and affordable alternatives, otherwise absent in the saturated accessories market.
 


Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


Inspired by Mid-Century architecture and furniture, such as Jean Prouve’s Cite Armchair, they have achieved a timeless modern classic aesthetic in all their designs. Built with the appeal of longevity and timelessness, they have defied the “it bag” culture to produce luggage that accentuates the ageless romance of travel and craftsmanship that really will last a lifetime. At the forefront of all their creations, is the desire to achieve unity through contrast, to create a perfect balance between a traditional style and modern capabilities, symbolised on the products by the ubiquitous gold and silver zippers.
 
The WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie collection is the product of Dexter and Byron’s own experiences and unique outlook on urban contemporary life and their desire to make it as memorable and distinctive as possible.


Dexter Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


Egodesign: Who are you / how would you describe yourself?

D&B.: We are twin brothers who have been inspired by the world of fashion our entire lives and have the fortune of sharing a passion for design, culture and travel.
 
E.D.: Tell us more about WANT Les Essentiels de la vie, and your (future) works?

D&B.: In 2006, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie was conceived out of a “want” for premium quality leather goods to house the “essential” professional and personal products that we use in our modern everyday lives, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie exists to challenge the status quo by offering stylish, functional and affordable alternatives, otherwise absent in the saturated accessories market. 


Dexter & Byron Peart_Arlanda Black
Dexter & Byron Peart_Arlanda Black


Dexter & Byron Peart_Black & White DeGaulle
Dexter & Byron Peart_Black & White DeGaulle


E.D.: Is there a philosophy behind WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie / your work?

D&B.: Timeless, functional design classics. WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie aims to create a balance between a traditional style and a modern compatibility.  The brand’s core value, identified on its products by its ubiquitous gold & silver zipper, is to achieve unity through contrast.
 
E.D.: What do you consider your influences, what inspires you?

D&B.: We are always inspired by Mid-Century modern furniture & architecture. The fabric and leather combination of Jean Prouve's timeless Cite Arm chair is a perfect example of the Modern Classic aesthetic we aim to achieve in our designs.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Deurne Black
Dexter & Byron Peart_Deurne Black


E.D.: How would you explain Design?

D&B.:  Succesful acheiving Form & Function. These are the ethos of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
 
E.D.: Your favourite materials in design and why?

D&B.: Leather. The leather used by WANT LEV is chrome tanned oiled, pure aniline dyed tumbled leather with protein binder finish to keep it as natural as possible. With a small amount of water lacquer on the top and of course it is not printed, - only a pure, natural grain. The better the quality of a hide of skin, the less it has to be treated. In a premium quality hide or skin the full natural grain is retained and exposed. One should see the "fat wrinkles," the natural markings, and the feel should be supple and natural to the touch.
 
E.D.: What means for you the word “ecology”?

D&B.: The word Ecology sums up most of what we do and where the source of our inspiration comes from: the relationship between humans and their social and physical environment.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Kansai portfolio
Dexter & Byron Peart_Kansai portfolio


E.D.: And chic, what do you feel it is?

D&B.: Luxurious, but not in a branded designer logo sense; rather when you can truly see, touch and feel the quality of a product in a very understated “natural” beauty way. 


Dexter & Byron Peart_Trudeau Henna
Dexter & Byron Peart_Trudeau Henna


E.D.: Which artist / architect / designer do you admire most?

D&B.: In architecture, Mies Van de Rohe, Richard Neutra and more locally Moshe Safdie – All have created there very own unique modern design style.
 
E.D.: What are currently your favourite brands or objects, and why?

D&B.: Apple. Everything they make looks and works great…especially the iPhone. Jonathan Ive is a true design genius. We continue to design many products with the Apple customer in mind. 


Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


E.D.: Which city resembles you the most and why?

D&B.: It’s a mix of East meets West - Part London: Being an international hub for design, culture and fashion, it is dynamic, ambitious and ever evolving. Part Montreal: Being a small city, it’s humble and unpretentious. Part Tokyo: It’s truly original and inherently stylish, and Part Mumbai: a fresh, vibrant and colourful place with limitless potential.
 
E.D.: Your dream project?

D&B.: Design the interior of a train car for Via Rail.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


E.D.: What is your favourite example of the use of sustainable products in design?

D&B.: We have been working on a collection of Organic bags for 18 months now, we literally started in a cotton mill in Istanbul and we have carefully developed the production the whole way through to make a 100% Certified Organic products. The essentials of life  has always been based on the communication of “Good” design. We expect that the entire design community will include sustainability as part of their challenge to great products.
 
E.D.: What design project would you never design and why?

D&B.: Anything devoid of a true utility and/or intrinsic value.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


E.D.: What your favourite items (in art, photography, design, architecture)?

D&B.: Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Illinois and his Barcelona Day Bed for the 1929 Barcelona Pavillion.
 
E.D.: What you hope your current (WANT Les Essentiels de la vie) work will bring to people?

D&B.:  We aim to make life as memorable and distinctive as possible through a unique outlook on contemporary urban life.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


E.D.: What invention would best improve your life?

D&B.: A Teleporter – we would save so much time currently wasted in airports around the world.
 
E.D.: Can you describe an evolution in your work from your first projects to the present day?

D&B.:  Quality, we continue to strive to make the very best products possible.


Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie
Dexter & Byron Peart_Want Les Essentiels de la vie


E.D.: What couldn’t you live without?

D&B.:  Our passports. We love to travel, to see knew things - this collection was born out of the romance in our need for exploration.
 
E.D.: Finally, which contemporary architects/designers/artists would you invite to a dream dinner?

D&B.: Ralph Lauren, his consistent vision - in building a global brand over 40 years, starting with a tie - is unparalleled in the fashion business.

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