Elza Wandler & Joost Doeswijk started Atelier de l'Armée in 2011, out of love for vintage clothing, fabrics and materials with a history. They mostly use military materials because of their high quality and amazing natural wear. This is also where the name comes from. Atelier de l'Armée means "Army Workshop" in french.
In their small workshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, they collect materials from all over the world to make the Atelier de l'Armée bags. After they drawn patterns on the best usable parts of the fabrics, they cut them by hand. The bags are sewn with great care on a special heavy duty sewing machine, individually numbered and photographed for the website. They try to make 1 (one) bag per day as it takes around 6 hours to produce a single bag. All the bags are unique, one of a kind and can never be reproduced because of the distinguished look of materials. You should wear them with pride or even better hang them on a wall like a painting. The Heritage clothing line is a carefully selected mix of rare handpicked second hand items and most are collectables. Some have been customized, others have been adjusted, but most are untouched. All are denim related or inspired by vintage workwear and military clothes, as you can see in their lookbook for FW 2012.