A nice chat with Fabrice Tardieu

I’ve always been very proud of my Haitian heritage. I’m even prouder of when I discover some of the most inspiring Haitians having success in their endeavors and are proud to showcase our beautiful culture.

Speaking of inspiring Haitian entrepreneur, I have the chance to have a fun and really cool chat with one of the most famous designers in America Fabrice Tardieu. He is passionate, insightful and clearly very smart.

Let’s discover this classy and fabulous human being.

Sab: You were born in Haiti, The Pearl of the Antilles and you went to Paris to continue your college education. Could you tell us about your experience of leaving Haiti to go to France to discover the city of light?

FT: Moving to Paris on my own at such a young age was very challenging and scary.

But at the end, it is certainly the best thing that could have happened to me professionally. It opened my eyes on so many different levels. But the most important was the different cultures it exposed me to. I believe one of the reasons my brand is successful today is because I am able to understand what each market is looking for and feels comfortable buying. Therefore, I design collections that are understood by the North American, European and Middle Eastern markets due to my understanding of their cultures. 

Sab: After college, you were an intern for Giorgio Armani and you did work for the fashion house after your internship. What is the biggest lesson from this once in a lifetime experience?

FT: My biggest lesson from Giorgio Armani has been:

  1. To always Design a collection that has a very strong identity that is recognizable from a mile away.
  2. Distribute to a minimal number of places while maximizing sales
  3. Always be on top of everyone from the assistant designers to the warehouse guys.

These were the main guidelines from My first brand shirt Bogosse back in 2004 and today 14 years later I am still applying the same rules.

Sab: Did it come naturally to mix your artistically side with your analytic side together?

FT: My business side is actually what put me in touch with my artistic side. God gifted me with the talent of understanding what people would like to wear. I, therefore, became a designer without ever learning how to even draw. It has always been something I visualized. My talent has been to be able to communicate these visions into others and bringing them into life.


Sab: I find it inspiring that we see more and more Haitian designer like Stella Jean and yourself making some waves in the fashion world.

In our culture, our parents want us to be the greatest doctors, lawyers, engineers you name it out there. Even if we may have some artistic aspirations, they will strongly recommend you to put that aside.

Do you feel that slowly but surely, this mentality is changing since more and more artistic Haitians artists are having success in their field?

 

FT: I think that we do see more and more young kids of Haitian descent take an artistic direction. I believe it is a bit more accepted now due to social media. What I mean by that, more and more people have access to information and can clearly visualize success stories. Whereas in the past if you didn’t read an article or was told about a brand or an artist etc… you would have never known about them.

Sab: A quick Haitian food questions for you:

a) Griot ou Lambi?
b) Riz djon-djon ou du riz à pois?
c) Accras ou pâté?

FT: Accras for appetizers, griot with duri ak pwa to finish with lambi and duri djondjon.

Sab: I could eat Lambi with duri djondjon all day, every day.

FT: That’s right I EAT LIKE AN ANIMAL!

Sab: I love asking this question. What would you tell to the young 19 years old aspiring fashion designer if you could go back in time?

 

FT: Never take the word NO personally. Keep trying until no becomes maybe and maybe becomes YES!

 In fashion, you get turned down constantly by buyers, manufacturers, banks, etc… It is one of the most challenging business in my opinion. You can only succeed at this if you are truly passionate about it and NEVER GIVE UP!

Thank you, Fabrice, for this opportunity to have a quick chat with you.

 Most welcome….

https://www.fabricetardieu.com

Fabrice Tardieu

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Lyons Empire

It is coming!

It will be epic and out of this world.

We got a small taste of it when Jenna Lyon  was the captain of the J.Crew ship.

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I won’t talk about her departure from J.Crew but instead, her impact on the fashion industry and pop culture on a this Chronicle that will take 2 minutes of your time.

She manage to mix originality with classics.

She didn’t have the easiest childhood. Like me and probably a lot of you, she was bullied because she was in a kid standard different. But she didn’t let her stop her. Instead, she didn’t play the victim and she realize she had a gift. A visionary gift early on.

Automatically, I was attracted to her.

STREET STYLE: J Crew President Jenna Lyons attend New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City

She work really hard to get where she was as the President and Creative Director of J.Crew. She didn’t kiss asses but she is a firm believer of working hard for the things you love.

Actually, her message is to be passionate and with this passion, you will move some big mountains.

My kind of philosophy.

She is laid-back, hard worker and authentic person.

Here some words of wisdom. Even at 34, I still need it from time to time.

Jenna Lyons commencement speech at Parsons 2017

The best is yet to come with Jenna Lyons.

I will sure be the first one to get on this joyride.

Will you ride with us?

J

 

Queen Victoria

Victoria Beckham!

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Her work ethic that I do much respect, her tenacity to never giving up, her wicked sense of humor and her dedication to succeed are traits that I admire so much.

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She always had a eye for fashion and she wasn’t afraid to experiment (the Versace head to toe outfit she worn in 1999 with David). She flourished as a designer and my oh my I love her designs.

With her team, she working hard to create timeless collection.

Her goal as she said is to create clothes that will make feel a woman comfortable and empowering. She is the ultimate Girl Power Queen.

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I never saw her as a wannabe but as a woman that is on a quest to be the best version of herself.

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I’m always been since childhood  attract to the minimalist, a little touch of androgynous and a big sparkle of feminity. YSL, Isabel Marant, Yohji Yamamoto, Calvin Klein, even Armani  in my eyes. Victoria Beckham in on that list without a doubt.

I will let you have a look of her fabulous website.

https://www.victoriabeckham.com

Sky is definitely the limit for Victoria. And she is inspiring me to see no limits into looking to the sky!

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Erdem pour la vie

Quand je pense à Erdem, je pense à la classe, la romance, la délicatesse et la beauté.

Erdem 2013

Ce designer qui a conquis le coeur de Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Meghan Markle, Alicia Viander, Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore (que j’adore), la Duchesse de Cambridge et  la première dame du Canada Sophie G. Trudeau.

Ce montréalais qui a grandit à Montréal et à Birmingham en Angleterre détient un baccalauréat en arts en Mode de l’Université Ryerson de Toronto et une maîtrise du Royal College of Art. Je respecte énormément qu’il ait fait des études universitaires pour perfectionner son art.

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Il a appris des grands de ce monde tel que Vivienne Westwood et de Diane Von Furstenberg. Deux grandes femmes de la mode avec deux styles très différents mais que les deux ont la même adrénaline qui coule dans leurs veines pour la réussite.

J’aime les motifs qui n’a pas peur d’utiliser sur ses créations. Autant que c’est classique, il y a une bonne touche d’audacité avec la dose exacte pour captiver notre attention.

Je n’écris pas cette chronique comme une expert en mode mais plutôt comme une admiratrice.

Erdem printemps été 2017

 

On peut sentir dans les créations de Erdem est la personnalité paradoxale de Montréal. Je m’explique. Montréal est le meilleur de deux mondes. Il a un côté très européen et un côté très cosmopolite. À mes yeux à moi, Erdem Moralioglu représente la même chose et plus encore.

Erdem Moralioglu British Fashion Award

Fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu poses with his trophy after winning the Red Carpet award at the British Fashion Awards in London December 2, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Continuons à encourager nos designers de chez-nous. Même si ils sont super connus et en demande, je crois qu’il n’y a rien mieux quand des admirateurs de leur ville et de leur pays les encouragent soit en achetant si ils peuvent leurs vêtements ou bien d’en parler entre nous et de les encourager en utilisant les médias sociaux.

Erdem, tu continueras à me faire rêver.

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