Why did you choose fashion?
I have always loved fashion. As a young girl I loved watching the runway shows. I was completely mesmerised. I remember never missing the Yves Saint Laurent shows. The year I turned 15 I already knew that I wanted to be a designer so I prepared to apply to Central Saint Martins School, but my parents steered me down a more academic path. So I did a preparatory course and then entered a business school (HEC), but whenever there was an internship to do, I applied to the fashion industry!
Is there a particular internship which stands out?
At the age of 20 I did an internship in a boutique in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The manager had great taste and made clothes in her workshop in the 17th arrondissement. That is where I started to take a keen interest in how garments were made.
What led you to create De Bonne Facture?
After several really great positions with well-known brands I had one ambition, to set up my own. For me, the common factor I took from all these experiences was a need for transparency about sourcing. I really set out to create a label rather than a brand. I wanted something unique, an approach that would place importance on being able to trace the origin of the garments.