welcome to my new world

It has taken the longest time, but I'm so happy that I have a new website. It puts all my work and passions in one address. I want to share what's keeping me busy, and what's making my work and my life a wonderful place.

One of my big dreams was to have my own shop. In my work as a stylist and interior designer I come across so many things that I would love to share with the world. Designs that are beautifully made, made with love and care and with the best materials. Like the wonderful clothes of my favorite brand Le Mont Saint Michel.

Le Mont Saint Michel in real life is an abbey on a rock between Normandy and Brittany that you can only reach when the tide is low. It is a childhood memory from the times we would go and celebrate our family holidays in Brittany. When we could see the abbey we knew we were almost there, and the happy times would begin. Le Mont Saint Michel brings back so warm memories of endless summer evenings, playing in the sand and the sea and running around with no care in the world.

So when I saw the sweater in powdery pink, in a little shop in Arles, my heart skipped a beat. When I found out Le Mont Saint Michel is a proper fashion brand, I knew that this would be the starting point of my shop. Now was the time.

I met the lovely people in Paris, and I was pleased to find out that they share the same ideas of quality and beauty. And they have such a nice history, and a breathtaking beautiful castle from where they run their business, the Castle of Monthorin, 'where flowers are not contained in vases, they grow wildly in the field.' My kind of place.

  Le Mont Saint Michel is famous for its vintage inspired knitwear with a cut that is right on trend. The brand is under direction of Alexandre Milan. Le Mont Saint Michel started in 1918 as Tricotages de l'Aa, producing textile. Their qualitiy of their craftsmanship had been recognized by other designers. Agnès B, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Claudie Pierlot, they all knew where to find the perfect knit. To look for the right yarn, the right technique and to source the right factory to produce it, are skills Alexandre Milan has inherited from his parents. Milan's father lifted Tricotages de l’Aa to another level. In the fifties Les Tricotages de L’Aa went from 40 to 270 employees. "From a very young age I was involved in the family company and now it’s time to get involved into something else”, says Milan. Nowadays the family heritage lives on under a new direction, a new name and a new look. Being part of a 4th generation of textile manufacturers, he was able to rejuvenate his family DNA by setting up his own label Le Mont Saint Michel. The items are still designed in Brittany, in a beautiful castle. To choose Brittany over Paris was a well-made decision, Alexandre Milan explains. “There’s manufacturing DNA in this location and I didn’t want the technical knowhow and the archive to go to waste. That’s why the creative studio is based here.” Le Mont Saint Michel displays a full prêt-à-porter line, with heavy focus on knits. Milan is very passionate about knitwear giving it a modern and post-pop twist. He draws inspiration from the environment and precious archives dating from the fifties to the nineties. The brand keeps revisiting authentic staples. And vintage textile got revamped by using modern cuts, clean ribbings, neat lines and dashing colors. Le Mont Saint Michel sure loves to stay upbeat. If the brand is on trend, it’s because it creates sharp, fresh and mostly unique designs. Thanks to this attitude and being far away from the Parisian fashion scene, the studio can keep its focus. In addition each team member is free to bring forth new ideas. It’s this sense of freedom, authenticity and creativity that appeals to many clients, from Japan to the US. This look is all about playing with contrasts: soft and rough, silk and wool, fluid and rigid, matt and shiny, oversized and tight-fitting. It’s up to the wearing how to wear it. After all, fashion is not rigid, it’s a personal game without rules.

 

Le Mont Saint Michel is famous for its vintage inspired knitwear with a cut that is right on trend. The brand is under direction of Alexandre Milan. Le Mont Saint Michel started in 1918 as Tricotages de l'Aa, producing textile. Their qualitiy of their craftsmanship had been recognized by other designers. Agnès B, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Claudie Pierlot, they all knew where to find the perfect knit.

To look for the right yarn, the right technique and to source the right factory to produce it, are skills Alexandre Milan has inherited from his parents. Milan's father lifted Tricotages de l’Aa to another level. In the fifties Les Tricotages de L’Aa went from 40 to 270 employees. "From a very young age I was involved in the family company and now it’s time to get involved into something else”, says Milan. Nowadays the family heritage lives on under a new direction, a new name and a new look. Being part of a 4th generation of textile manufacturers, he was able to rejuvenate his family DNA by setting up his own label Le Mont Saint Michel.

The items are still designed in Brittany, in a beautiful castle. To choose Brittany over Paris was a well-made decision, Alexandre Milan explains. “There’s manufacturing DNA in this location and I didn’t want the technical knowhow and the archive to go to waste. That’s why the creative studio is based here.”

Le Mont Saint Michel displays a full prêt-à-porter line, with heavy focus on knits. Milan is very passionate about knitwear giving it a modern and post-pop twist. He draws inspiration from the environment and precious archives dating from the fifties to the nineties. The brand keeps revisiting authentic staples. And vintage textile got revamped by using modern cuts, clean ribbings, neat lines and dashing colors. Le Mont Saint Michel sure loves to stay upbeat.

If the brand is on trend, it’s because it creates sharp, fresh and mostly unique designs. Thanks to this attitude and being far away from the Parisian fashion scene, the studio can keep its focus. In addition each team member is free to bring forth new ideas. It’s this sense of freedom, authenticity and creativity that appeals to many clients, from Japan to the US.

This look is all about playing with contrasts: soft and rough, silk and wool, fluid and rigid, matt and shiny, oversized and tight-fitting. It’s up to the wearing how to wear it. After all, fashion is not rigid, it’s a personal game without rules.