Louis Marie de Castelbajac, the founder & creative director of the Armagnac 700 and Castelbajac Lignee believes in challenging the cultural status quo. He is committed to reinterpreting elements of our daily life—from the alcohol we drink to the clothing we wear--by combining beautiful design, quality, tradition, simplicity, culture, and humor.
As an artist and entrepreneur Castelbajac has always used multiple mediums to convey his ideas. His creative narrative began when he was very young in Paris, where he was exposed to a generation of contemporary artists during the 1980s. He began to design at an early age and at 5 collaborated with Keith Harring,, (a family friend), on a series of drawings.
The art of acting led him to a brief stint in Hollywood, where he worked with the artist Mike Kelley on a piece entitled Profondeurs Vertes as well as Calligula with Francesco Vezzoli.
In 2009 Castelbajac exhibited the “Anatomy of 1”, a combination of large sculptural pieces and drawings and paintings at the Gallery Crevecoeur. He had a second exhibit, “The Blood & the Bows of Desire “in 2010, again at the Crevecoeur gallery once agin. That same year, Castelbajac created “Panda Kunst”, (Panda Art), a collection of objects and t-shirts based on humorous, cultural and manifesto references and drawings of Pandas. He also created an edible art piece with the pastry chef, Pierre Herme in Paris, specifically a Yule log entitled the “Archeology of Dreams”—a consumable work of art.
For the next three years, Castelbajac worked as the artistic director for the Castelbajac Lignee collection at Jean Charles de Castelbajac. In 2012 he began a collaboration for the company Tyler Alexandra, designing luxury leather goods. During this period, he continued to build the Panda Kunst line, but transformed the concept into an expanded lifestyle brand LeVoid, Inc., www.LeVoid.com, to encompass lifestyle products and clothing. He enlarged its vision stating that it’s mission is to fuse art and fashion. Castelbajac’s inspiration, as always, is to use humor, poetry, design, multi media, and cultural references to create products with meaning and emotional dimension—to change the cultural status quo