FRENDY: Who are your style inspirations?
ELISABETH: I really like to mix different kinds of brands -- from luxury to mass market, and from women’s dress code to men’s style. I do not have any specific inspirations; my main goal is to wear something that makes me feel comfortable, but always different from an actual fashion trend.
My weakness is vintage clothes. They are very dangerous for my bank account! When pieces have a past, the attraction is stronger for me.
FRENDY: It would be a dream come true for most people I know to work for Balenciaga. How is it like working in the headquarters of the luxury fashion house?
ELISABETH: Yes indeed! I know how blessed I am to wake up every day and go to work for this brand. The best quote that can sum up the way I see my work life is, “choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Balenciaga was the brand I chose amongst all the others because of its history and uniqueness. The product, either RTW or accessories, stands out for it's avant-garde qualities and beauty.
The fashion house is like a little family. You learn to grow, sometimes fall but will always have someone or something to help innovate and find a solution. That's why I've remained there for seven years now!
FRENDY: When did you start working there?
ELISABETH: Well, I started in 2010. My bosses granted me a great opportunity to make such a huge step in my career. I will always be thankful because they gave me a shot as I was coming from a mass-market industry. It was a daring bet *Laughs*. I have the chance to grow up by their side and they teach me alot everyday.
FRENDY: What is your role in the company?
ELISABETH: I am the Europe Senior Buying Manager. I select all the products that will be offered in stores in each country (France, UK, Italy, Spain and Germany) for men, women, accessories and RTW.
It’s also a great opportunity to work in retail because it allows me to be connected with many departments, such as the press office, studio, merchandising and production. Basically we never get bored!
FRENDY: Would you ever branch out and create your own line?
ELISABETH: In fact, when I was pregnant I found it very difficult to wear something cool and I thought, “wow! I can really create a line of stylish maternity clothes”. There is so much to do in this industry, but I know my limits and unfortunately I do not have an entrepreneurial spirit. I don’t have the shoulders to start from scratch, especially in this new competitive fashion world.