Histoires de la Mode
One of the biggest pleasures in life is having the opportunity to meet amazing people and when you get to do that in the field that it is your passion, it is a gift. Thanks to my job I got the privelege to interview one to one of the most influential people in french fashion : Didier Grumbach the president of the Federation Française de Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode as well as the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture. A true gentlemen through his manners and conversation. Through his stories I had the a journey through time from the beginnings of Haute Couture to Prêt-à-porter , he started his career in fashion by accident taking over his grandfather’s textile manufacturing company, where he had the chance to collaborate in licencing with Lanvin, Jean Patou, La Roche, Emmanuel Ungaro an many others. He was founder and co-directeur of Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and also was partner with Givenchy , he also was president of Thierry Mugler and founded the Society of Créateurs ans Industurials and some things I must have missed out. The thing is that today we would need to put together the career of more than one person to build one like his :). It was an insightful interview filled with unique anecdotes about the princess of Wales first shoppings of prêt-à-porter back in the days where haute couture was the normal thing and cute phone call interruptions where he had to call the assitant of Sidney Toledano (CEO of Dior) to confirm the time and schedule of the fashion shows next season. An exciting hour. My cherry on the cake? An otographed HIstoires de la Mode book written by him and soon translated to english. (Can it get better than this?….not easily) I leave you with a quote I loves ” To build your future you have to master your history” very true :).