Our backgrounds are in legal and finance and with the creation of vol(t)age we deviated a bit from our habitual path ;-). With vol(t)age, we wanted to create playfully smart and meaningful clothing with electrifying and positively inspiring messages.
the first v-neck
More precisely, we wanted to create vol(t)age pieces, pieces made to playfully help you to change your looks and mood (just as in vol(t)age a jeu de mots of the word “voltage” meaning electric and the French word “volage” meaning evolving and changing).
The first piece of the vol(t)age collection was a luxurious patchwork scarf, which we called “v-neck”, because of its triangular “v” shape. We gave all of our v-necks playfully eclectic names with a description of the woman for who it was made (e.g. libertine éclairée; coquette avertie, féministe fatale...). Our clients loved the v-necks’ names so much that they asked us to print these on shirts: the “smart-shirts” were born!
Initially created as a by-product of the v-necks, the smart-shirts have become the brand’s bestseller and have a life and a website of their own.
This website is entirely dedicated to the smart-shirts by vol(t)age. The brand’s hand-made v-necks and other hand-crafted accessories can be found on the website www.atelierbyvoltage.com featuring a collection of our Atelier by vol(t)age eclectibles.
Energizing and inspiring you
Inspired by philosophy, yoga, self-reflection, beauty, love and art, all of the smart-shirts by vol(t)age feature playful, mindful, or powerful, jeux de mots, self-reflection messages or witty puns. Loved for their energizing and inspiring virtues, these über comfy but stylish 24/7 smart-shirts can dress you up or dress you down.
Tucked in a feminine lacey pencil skirt or worn with your favourite a pair of jeans, their witty puns and jeux de mots will guarantee you interesting conversations and memorable experiences.
We launched vol(t)age, because we wanted to electrify and empower the people who wear the pieces and we are interested to hear how your smart-shirt made you feel in a particular situation. One of our favourite stories comes from Nadine, a respectable music teacher who had a plane to catch in the early evening hours in Copenhague. Unfortunately, Nadine had partied too much the night before and although she would have loved to lie in, she had to check-out of her room by noon. Too tired for any further explorations, Nadine decided to stroll through the Tivoli Gardens, where she was magnetically attracted to a bench that literally invited her for a nap.
As Nadine, considers herself as a well-educated and respectable grown-up woman, her inner voice of reason vehemently tried to convince her that a woman of her upbringing does not sleep on a public bench in a public garden.
But Nadine was wearing her “KANT do that?” smart-shirt and the magic of these words was stronger than her any patronizing reason. Nadine followed the call of her own practical reason and categorically lay down on that public bench and had the most restorative nap ever. She took her plane, refreshed with a new sense of power and a renewed belief in her own free will.
We bet you have other interesting stories to share with us. Just tell us and email us at email@example.com.