Yesterday’s taste of spring-like temperatures in NYC has us craving vitamin D, flowers everywhere and of course, Spring Collections. GDG got a sneak preview of one French brand’s stand out introduction. From innovative woven leathers to untapped natural materials, Élitis’ 2018 textiles are already making GDG headlines.

Let’s talk texture. The Emblèmes collection offers leather like you’ve never seen it before; embroidered, woven with fabric and even laser-cut applied on sheers. One member of this new fabric family, Play Back is a large-scale grid of imperfectly perfect stitching, destined to ennoble any upholstered piece. In the spirit of mixed materials, its sister fabric Rythme is an intricately intertwined pattern harmonizing strips of leather with fabric into one bold print. This pair plays perfectly with the tartan-inspired Blues, integrating hints of metallic leather with thickly layered threads.

Taking a completely different approach, Abstraction and Figure Libre offer a contemporary look with their precision cut leather-on-sheer technique. The former is an interpretation of geometric origami on tulle, while the latter offers a wave of playful dots adhered to tulle, making for an out-of-the-box window treatment.

Élitis is taking a turn for the cozier with a plush new line of wools and velvets. Dolce Lana and Nabab offer Editor favorites like their take on cable knit, a shimmering tweed and a subtly sparkling alpaca that’s perfect for pillows. Marked by their softness, these fire retardant fabrics draw us into a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Pur Mohair and Private simply redefine luxury. Both exceptionally soft to the touch, each are available in a wide range of vibrantly rich colors. Pur’s subtle shimmer and plush weight, also boasting fire-retardant properties, make it ideal for an understated glam look. It was love at first sight with Private, which appears to shine from within. This ultra soft, silky velvet is a must-have for any glamorous setting. In tune with the velvet trends of 2017 and now 2018, these sumptuous fabrics are sleek and versatile.

Lastly, new Élitis wallcoverings delve into the natural world of wood and an extra special (and delicate) natural material. The Trancoso Collection features three distinct versions of reclaimed teak that is cut, carved and stained – accruing just nine pieces of wood for one tile takes over a week!

“Each piece of wood tile is used from demolished projects and the reclaimed teak can be used indoors and outdoors,” said Julie Marraud Des Grottes, U.S. CEO.

In addition to wood, Élitis captures the untainted elegance of shells and mother-of-pearl in a few different interpretations. Based off the coastline of a hilly landscape in forgotten fishing villages, the Costa Verde collection capitalizes on the raw material’s natural beauty. Nacre Vichy offers a colored checkerboard interpretation of abaca, wood and paper, while Alliances Contraires and Carneiros match their wood and paper with strips of mother-of-pearl and metallic thread. Another Trancoso wallcovering, Morotai is comprised of naturally colored shells displayed in a subtle mosaic composition. The luxury of remarkable craftsmanship is evident through real shell pieces sourced from all over the world.

To feel is to believe when it comes to these evocatively environmental new pieces. To shop the full line, visit the Élitis showroom in the DDB, Suite 611.