1. What an amazing background you have! Growing up in Paris and working at some of the biggest fashion houses in the industry must have been amazing. How has your background in the fashion industry translated into your interior designs?
It relates a lot. It's all about what I learned in the fashion industry like color, proportion, and texture. It's directly applicable. From a business perspective, I know how to run my business because I've worked for fashion companies and understand logistics and budgeting and all the skills you need to run a successful business.
2. If we took a peek in your closet, what would we find?
Well, I'm French, so my friends might say I have a French uniform. I'm always wearing striped sailor shirts, Chanel jackets, skinny pants, ballerina flats. I have a more classic style, like Prada, and I prefer architectural pieces. I'll soon have Reed's clothing line along side his bags as well! Reed's line will launch in August.
To check out Reed's line, click here.
3. And of course we’d all love to know how you’ve designed your own home. Do you have a certain style you’ve used?
We've been collecting furniture for a long time. The look is extremely layered ranging from Louis XVI to Chippendale, Queen Anne, 40's, 70's and to Contemporary. A home is much more interesting and unique when layered, and not all purchased from the same store. People own things that they don't want to throw away and I will include them in my designs. Just like in fashion, with a favorite pair of jeans in your wardrobe, you should build upon that vs. starting from scratch.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest project?
Right now, I'm working on a big townhouse on the Upper East side. They're a young family with young children so we can relate well. Their point of view is interesting in that they only want to collect art from artists that are living. We just purchased a table from the young designer Joris Laarman. He only graduated from college 2 years ago and is doing amazing things. The advantage to choosing art from artists who are alive is that they can create unique things for you. My biggest design work right now is designing Reed's new stores. (JEALOUS!!)
5. Do you have a fashion icon?
Of course it's rather cliche to say Audrey Hepburn, etc. but for me, it's women who know who they are and understand what looks good on them. You can go buy the chicest outfit on Madison Avenue and look like a page from a magazine. Women who understand their own style is my fashion icon.
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