How does your idea of a perfect day look like?
A perfect day, for me, is waking up making a really good breakfast with some tea and some eggs, doing my morning meditation and reading, then going to the beach, listening to some music, eating some healthy food, watching a movie and… being with my girl.
Which was the most interesting place you ever lived in?
Nepal. I lived in Kathmandu for a month and a half, I went hiking up there, I lived in the mountains, camping.
You live in Santa Monica and you work in Venice. What’s special to you about the environment you spend your days in?
Well, I grew up next to the ocean my whole life in the South West of France first, and then, in Florida, so to be here is conducive to my lifestyle in a lot of ways. It interprets the sense of the designs that I do: the closer I am to the beach the more I get inspired. Those are my elements. I feel that my higher power is in nature. Instead of moving to LA to be an hour away from the beach, I moved here to be right next to the beach. Venice was the first place I came to when I got here and I broke my leg four years ago. I stayed here ever since.
How did you break your leg?
I broke my leg surfing. I was supposed to go back to NYC, but I ended up staying here for a month and fell in love with Venice. Every time I came to LA, I never came to Venice, I came to Hollywood and I didn’t like it, I never liked LA. When I blew out my knee I stayed with my friend who was living here and I never left.
What are you listening to these days?
Soul music. Otis Redding on Pandora! It’s the best radio station in the world.
When you were little what did you wanna be when you grew up?
Wow. I don’t even know… (pause). A stylist.
Which part of being a hat maker do you like the most?
Seeing a product transform from nothing into something beautiful, that’s my favorite part of being a hat maker, seeing something from start to finish, seeing someone at the end of the process wearing it and being so happy, and changing their day, or their lives even.
What do you like the least?
Dealing with sending emails. I just wanna work.
If you were a hat today, what kind of hat would you be?
If I was a hat today? (laughs) I would be an indigo dyed hat. Indigo blue. (he stands up, leaves, comes back and shows me a soft grey hat splattered in indigo stains and explains)… because I am kind of all over the place right now and this is how I feel.
In your opinion what kind of hat every woman should own?
A real wide brim high crown fedora. Not in a cheesy way as a fedora these days, but in the sense of a real, classic, amazing fedora. Fedora originally was a woman’s hat and now all the men wear it, but it was made for women.
What’s the sexiest quality in a woman?
Confidence and humor. And her legs.
Describe yourself in three words
Dreamer. Lover. Creator.
Which talent you don’t have that you wish you had?
What scares you?
Which kind of food do you think it represents you?
Foie Gras. Because I’m French, and it kind of reminds me of the country, and I feel I’m “country” in a lot of ways.
You speak different languages, which language do you dream in?
When I’m in America, I speak English in my dreams, but if I spend enough time in France, I start dreaming in French. It takes a couple of months though.
When was the last time you sent someone a letter and who was it for?
I gave a letter to my girlfriend before she left to go to Japan, I wrote her a letter and handed it to her about two weeks ago. And then the last letter I actually mailed was yesterday, a letter for Western Costume Design. I am gonna be working with them designing hats for some movies.
What’s your motto?
Keep on keeping on.
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