In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, we're featuring women who inspire us throughout March. Each of the women we interviewed is a founder of a small business that continues to thrive and inspire our team. We're proud to support them by shining a light on the brands they've created and continue to grow.
Laetitia is a French designer living in London, creating all her work in her home studio. Known for playing with different mediums such as print, textile, paint and ceramic, we first discovered her work when showing our collections in Sessions House, and have coveted a piece ever since.
How did you start on your career path and how did your brand come to be?
I was working in fashion design for 6 years and started to get a little bored by my day to day job which was too repetitive. I was really missing the process of making, so I started to learn about ceramic and furniture making as a hobby and slowly all the different things I was creating started to work together and became the brand I am today.
What's the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when starting out?
The fear of financial insecurities was my first big scare when I started. I remember being really insecure when I quit my job to become a full time artist. At the time, I kept reassuring myself "I can try for a few months and look for another job if It 's not successful". At the beginning, I was just trying to sell what I loved doing and not think about next year, but just the next month.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration everywhere really. I am passionate about colours, composition and stories, so traveling is always a great starting point. I also love to spend hours on Pinterest or Instagram, discovering new artists. Old books, and nude drawings are something I love to look at, but I guess what interests me the most is how I discover the work of a person or a special book. I really like the process, and when people introduce me to something special and not very well-known.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I had my first solo exhibition last September in Fitzrovia. This was a great achievement and challenge for me, and I was so happy to see that so many people came and enjoyed the show.
What is your biggest passion in life?
When you’re not working, what can we find you doing?
I wish I could say reading, but I spend more time watching Netflix than reading at the moment. It goes through phases but hopefully I'll get back to the reading phase very soon!
Where are your favourite places to eat, see, and explore?
I love to spend time in East London. Dalston or Haggerston are great neighbourhoods to explore. You always find a new restaurant or a cool shop to inspire you.
Tell us one woman who inspires you and why?
The woman who inspired me recently was Adele Haenel. She is a French actress who had the guts to say "shame" and leave the Oscars ceremony when Roman Polanski won an award as best director.
Describe your style in 3 words?
Comfortable, elegant & timeless.
What are your 3 favourite pieces from Lily and Lionel SS20?