A morning with Roger Vivier
For the last couple of years (ever since moving to Paris actually) I've been obsessing over Roger Vivier and their delightful shoes and accessories. The first item that ever caught my eye? Their iconic flats that I can't seem to get out of my head (and now it's been at least three years already). Since then I've fallen in love with quite a few pieces and this love story won't be coming to an end anytime soon if I'll have it my way. Because of this, the morning I got to spend together with Inès de la Fressange inside the Roger Vivier flagship boutique was extra special to me and it was a delight to dive deeper into the brand's history through Inès' stories. Who else can say that they personally knew Mr. Vivier himself and once promised to bring life back into the brand after his passing? Today Inès de la Fressange is balancing a million different roles at the same time – she's a timeless style icon for every French woman walking the streets of Paris, the creator of her own brand, the writer of her own newsletters and of course, the ambassador for Roger Vivier. ...And who could ever think of a better match for Roger Vivier, a brand living and breathing the French "je ne sais quoi" when it comes to beautiful accessories and footwear.
If you ever have the chance I highly suggest stopping by the Roger Vivier store in Paris since it's more than just a store. Why do I say that? Not only because it's pink of course (despite what you might think) but because it feels like a (dream) living room, decorated with real artwork, beautiful furniture and fashionable accessories. During my morning together with Inès and the brand I also had the opportunity to visit her incredible office (and when I say incredible this time I really mean it). If anyone is ever looking for inspiration, this is probably the place you would think about. My eyes couldn't focus and couldn't decide on whether or not to focus on old photos of Inès and Mr. Vivier himself, candy spread out over the table along with gorgeous roses, images cut out of Michelle Obama, the picture of Dali Lama on the mantle or old archive pieces from the Roger Vivier collection. Needless to say, I think I understand where she gets all of her inspiration from now – it's like a candy store for the eye!
I'm happy and honoured to have been welcomed into the Roger Vivier family with open arms and to have discovered more things about the brand I had no idea about when I first started to admire their classic ballerina shoes (did you know that Mr. Vivier designed shoes for Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve for example?). Today his designs live on thanks to Bruno Frisoni (creative director at Roger Vivier) and the man behind so many of my recent shoe crushes (insert monkey emoji covering its eyes here). Thank you again for having me, I can't wait to return.