The second floor of the shop (if you don’t know which one by now, please unfollow me on all social media platforms) truly allowed me to be up close and personal with not only outstanding New York locals, but also a plethora of fascinating individuals from all over the globe. Marseille’s very own Alexandre Meyrand is one of them.
Alexandre,35, was introduced to me about six years ago by our mutual friend Alex on an extremely slow day at work. Usually when there isn’t much traction on BAPE’s main floor, my supporters, frequent shoppers, and many of today’s brightest stars would all scurry upstairs, find a comfy spot on the infamous ape head camo couch just to speak with me for hours on end without any major interruption. When they overstayed, though, I was forced to politely kick them out.
Meyrand and I, on the other hand, didn’t converse much when we initially met—but I easily sensed his genuine nature so we kept in touch via social media. Believe it or not, we never really had a proper conversation until now!
Check out the transcript of our very first full length dialogue where we spoke about his younger days in France, fashion, booming business, and hotspots in Marseille.
FRENDY: What’s good, Alexandre? Let’s get it poppin’!
ALEXANDRE: Yo, bro! I am good. It’s the end of the day here, but it was a great weekend in our sunny city.
FRENDY: I know there’s a huge time difference between us. I really appreciate you for staying up late to chop it up.
ALEXANDRE: It’s a pleasure to be featured here, my man.
FRENDY: I’m humbled, thank you. Before we get deep into our conversation, I must ask: is there a friendly competition between Paris and Marseille?
ALEXANDRE: I don’t know if there is a friendly competition, maybe if you are talking about soccer *Laughs*. But I love Paris—it’s one of the best places in the world because of its architecture and history. Marseille is also one of the best places I have ever lived.
FRENDY: Oh yeah, that’s right. The two cities do have a great soccer team. I’m not familiar with their players, but I know the superstars for each squad *Laughs*. Marseille is known for its beautiful port and scenery, yet it is stated to be a victim of bad reputation...as far as violence. Is that true?
ALEXANDRE: Marseille is a big city so things happen, but violence is everywhere. I think that the media only show what they want to so that gives us a bad reputation. And that’s wrong. Things happen in every big city and violence can be anywhere. What’s totally true is that Marseille is one of the best destinations in the world. [There are] so many cultures here. So many good vibes.