Scarlette Ateliers was born at B2/139, Safdarjung Enclave New Delhi, DL 110029, India, behind the white facade of the bougainvillea-covered roof of a bay window on a terrazzo, near an avalanche of cushions under a veranda, in the smell of chocolate cake from Basanti, between two conversations with an adventurer from the Mughal forts and an explorer from the fabric market of Nehru Place.
Open in 2016 to guests who have just disembarked from the airport or one of the trains that cross the peninsula, the Scarlette house in New Delhi has created a haven of softness with a French-Indian atmosphere. Whether you come here to kiss Morpheus, drink chai tea, have lunch alone or accompanied by someone else, or fill your suitcases with Indian souvenirs, found in the four corners of the country.
The first collection of bed linen is designed to wrap our guests. Soon, we are asked to leave with it, with the pillowcases nestling in the luggage. From one line are born the others, bed linen, then table linen, kimonos and pyjamas - a whole outfit to make you feel at home as well as in India.
The designer and mother of the Ateliers, Pauline Bijvoet, landed three years earlier in New Delhi, in the suitcases of a Parisian fashion designer. At that moment, she follows her everywhere, between looms, suppliers' meetings, cotton markets, printers, tables under the mango trees and feet in the red earth. Falling in love with the city and its inhabitants, Pauline decided to stay there. In her head and in her heart remain the voices of her large family, the scented roses. Granny's recipes, her mother's bouquets, walks on the beach with her sister, the local market, Sunday lunches between aunts and uncles...
Her passion for unearthing treasures, choosing fabrics, rummaging between the stalls and the innuendoes of the merchants accompanies her as far as India, where she enriches the textile collections of Scarlette Ateliers with unusual objects, Indian at first glance, often unique pieces and always found with delight.