Story of the originator Fabien Claude-Storz
“We all carry infinite power within ourselves. Mine activated when I put on the right armour.”
Claude and Storz are his parents’ last names.
he is the &.
hE dreamS of wearing a superhero armour that protects HIM.
Born in a modest home, Fabien Claude-Storz grows up in a rough neighborhood, Villeneuve-la-Garenne. His playground is a 400 yard long public housing tower block. The best place for playing manhunt with his friends. He learns at a young age how to face his fears. The fear of coming across a junkie in the staircase, the fear of his father. He always carries a toy gun in his pocket to walk his dog.
School feels to him like a waste of time. He’s failing and repeating grades. The inheritance from a great-aunt allows his parents to move into a house. His mother buys herself a horse, the fulfillment of a lifetime to her. At the end of her workday as a secretary she doesn’t come home anymore. She runs to stay by her four legged friend. Fabien and his sister have the house and the television to themselves.
A fight between 2 worlds.
In middle school, all he feels is sadness and anger. His school books are filled with tags and drawings. After failing another school year, his teachers decide technical school would suit him better. His parents comply.
The only one who seems to bet getting his parents’ attention is the horse. In Fabien’s mind, horse = love. He learns how to ride. Each day, his mother brings an apple for the horse. Each day, Fabien steals and eats the apple himself. He is jealous of an animal. He wants his mother to stop loving it. He trains the horse in such a way it builds up muscle and becomes too difficult for his mother to ride. She is scared of her own horse. A victory for the young man but a short one. He and his mother have and argument, he gives up on horse riding. The horse wins its apple back.
At AGE 16. He wants to rewrite his story.
Each Sunday night he daydreams in front of a TV show called “Capital”. It’s about success stories of people who never listened when they were told they were nobody. Business geniuses who work hard and fulfill their dreams. This is what Fabien wants for himself. Right across the street from his technical school is a high school. It’s filled up with kids coming from a fascinating world filled with love and success. They speak several languages, travel abroad, and their parents drive them to school in the morning. He decides to become the best student in his technical school to show his teachers that he belongs in that high school. He succeeds and gets sent across the street.
Fashion saved him.
A weekend in London, he come across an artist burning, tagging and cutting out through jeans. “At first I think he’s crazy, mistreating bran new jeans. I observe him and it starts making sense. His freedom amazes me. His emotions guide him. I understand his vision of beauty. He is transforming a pair of jeans into a work of art.” Back home, he settles in his newly called art studio -his bedroom in the basement of his parents’ house that is only accessible by walking through a storage room- and starts working on a raw denim to give it a unique and strong look. He wears it and all of a sudden people seem to see him differently. And so does he. At home, his new confidence disturbs. Especially his father. The man tries to break his son but the armor the boy has designed for himself resists even the man’s fists and belts.
Treating others to heal HIS wounds.
After getting his bachelor’s degree, he feels that all he has to make his success story happen are his hands. He puts fashion on hold and enrolls in osteopathy school. As he does not have the money to pay for his tuition, he takes over the communication and development of the school’s clinic in exchange for a free scholarship.
Being an osteopath is a therapy. A patient who walks in his practice must walk out loving him for being able to relieve him. He wants to be their wake up call, the one to trigger change. He specializes in tendonitis and frozen shoulder. To heal his patients fast, he works towards their pain to create movement where their body has frozen. He draws his vital energy from the patient’s pain and his own. The most satisfying is when the pain disappears. He is the starter of these physical and emotional movements. Patients travel from all over the world to come and see him. He brings people to overcome themselves. Yet he wants to do more.
Polo comes to him.
One evening at an artist’s opening he meets Jerome, a polo player. They immediately become friends. The next day he introduces Fabien to polo. He rides one of Jerome’s horses and feels like a child all over again. The field is his playground, he is a knight holding a mallet as a sword. A 400 yard long chase, speeding on a four-legged race car, the ground trembling, the players pushing. It’s brutal and exhilarating.
He is hooked and off to Argentina for a proper training.
Polo inspires him. In between patients he draws armors and have them tailored. Claude & Storz comes alive. One day an agent for artists called Mel walks into his practice. She invites him to discover who he is to understand why he creates. He allows his emotions to run him through.
the vision of an armor that can change our world.
He creates an attire able to defy any situation. That brings the person wearing it to overcome themselves. By wearing this Claude & Storz second skin, he comes over his fears. This armour allows him to reconcile with his past, with his parents. Claude & Storz makes him free and invincible.
Today from his apartment on Paris left bank, he sees the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and all of Paris. His playground with his three children and Zoe his soulmate is the entire world.
“Each step of the way is an essential experience from which I can bounce always higher up and for which I am infinitely grateful.”