When did textiles first come into your life? Who or what exposed the world of textiles, fashion and beyond, to you?
I grew up in Oxford close to the Pitt Rivers Museum. The museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world - it actually feels like a huge cabinet of curiosities. From an early age I loved spending time there and I was always particularly drawn to the textiles.
What are your greatest memories from your time spent working at Oscar de la Renta?
During my time at Oscar de la Renta, I travelled extensively throughout the states. One of the highlights was having tea with Lynn Wyatt in her home sitting beneath the Andy Warhol portrait of her. I dressed Lynn for her 80th birthday party - a Black and White ball inspired by the famous one of Truman Capote. The next day a small group of us were taken on her private jet for lunch at her ranch in the Texan desert - it really was a weekend to remember!
Can you share with us your experience in finding La Carlière, and what this location and home has given to you in return?
When Rambert and I started our search for a second home we were not set on a particular region, only that it had to be around 2 hours from Paris. We didn't even visit too many properties before choosing La Carlière, I guess you could say it was love at first sight. It was big, but not too big and of beautiful proportions. We could see that it was somewhere that had potential and where we would be able to put our stamp. Over the years we have put a huge amount of effort into making it feel like a real home. It exudes a sense of calm and well-being and provides the perfect escape from the city. It continues to inspire us, which is why it made sense for us to name our new venture La Carlière.