“My look is a cocktail. I’m not as nicely turned out as the french, but I don’t care like the English. ” Jane Birkin
I met Julia through a close friend last week in N.Y.C. We connected immediately on our passion for promoting talents worldwide. She is strongly committed to finding the best fashion pieces and sharing them with her clientele. She is very upbeat, witty & so chic!
“I took on the approach of fashion through a curators eye, discovering up and coming designers by creating one off events and design pieces.” She grew up living between Paris and London. From an early age she discovered a strong passion for contemporary and modern art, going to all the art fairs and exhibitions possible. After graduating, she decided to discover the new talent’s of today’s generation.
Three years later at the age of 23 years old, she met Tallulah Rufus Isaacs who came from a fashion background. Together they founded “THE SPACE” a concept store dedicated to Art and Fashion situated in the heart of Saint Germain des Près. She travels Worldwide, organizing pop up stores to promote the designers she supports and help them gain exposure in this highly competitive environment.
Check out THE PARISIAN FLAIR Video with her N.Y.C. Partner the lovely Michelle Tashjian:
How do you feel about Paris & Parisians? Paris is a place I call home. Living between Paris and London. Paris is definitely the best place to live for a woman. I love wandering the streets of Paris; it’s full of surprises. I’m constantly discovering its new architectural surroundings and hidden bars and restaurants. Parisians have this effortlessly chic style. Although they keep observing the fashion scene from a far, I seldom wish they could be a tad more adventurous in their style. The Parisian woman back in the days was the most glamorous in the world! We need a new Parisian icon! Frankly I am very bored of Ines de la Fressange and Caroline de Maigret. The new Parisian woman today is strong sexy independent and mysterious. Nevertheless, Parisians always seem to get it right.
What is The Parisian Flair for you? A little “Je ne sais quoi” .
How do you LOVE? What is the French way of LOVING? I love unconditionally until I hit a brick wall (laugh).
Your Dream? Making a difference in the field I work in.
Your Madeleine de Proust? The smell of Rosemary, which reminds me of my grandma’s backyard.
1. Let’s talk about French Food
Your Favorite meal in France? Escargots (snails) and seafood! I love going to the Brasserie Lipp in Paris in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I have been going there with my parents since I was a child.
2. Let’s talk about French Cinema
Your Favorite French film? Amélie.
3. Let’s talk about French Art
A contemporary French artist? I love Penone’s work. He teaches at les Beaux Arts. His mural installations are simply breathtaking. On the younger generation. I love Theo Mercier. I met him in Paris when he was exhibiting at the Palais de Tokyo. He is an amazing artist who revolutionized the Parisian contemporary art scene. What I like about him is he doesn’t try to adapt to the Parisian market. He inspires me to be adventurous and live my dreams. He was on the cover of the Beaux Arts Magazine a year ago. We need more artists like him in France.
4. Let’s talk about French escape
If you live abroad, what do you miss most about France? My Home.
Which place in N.Y.C. has the most “Parisianism”? West village
5. Let’s talk French Style
Your perfume? Narcisso Rodriguez.
If you had to choose ONE item of a French Brand what would it be? A white t-shirt by Margaux Lonnberg one of my best sellers.
What are your inspirations for your own style? As I grow older I want to be more adventurous with my style by dressing more womanly and feminine. I used to always wear jeans and sneakers. Now, I like wearing more dresses and skirts or high wasted 70s flailed jeans with a great blouse or a white shirt tucked in with some great accessories. It makes me feel confident and sexy which truly has a strong impact on my mood.
6. Let’s talk about French Literature
Which book moved you the most? Madame Bovary.
Your favorite French word? Chic!
How do your attachment to Paris and your upbringing have contributed to your life in general? As well as for the development of your career ? It has given me a lot in the way of culture and education. I appreciate the good things in life and realize I can enjoy it with simple things and great conversations. In terms of career, I have suffered a lot in France, which has helped me to be stronger and export my French flair to foreign countries. I feel more admired abroad for my Parisian lifestyle, which helped me become the person I am today.
Why should our readers follow your work and buy your products? I focus on a very special audience & on a very personal level. My clients have a strong sense of fashion and are constantly looking for something unique. I have been listening to their needs & I am very attentive when it comes to quality and finding unique pieces. I believe it is why my clients are loyal, they keep trusting my style and choices in my selection of products.
Any future projects? Yes a Pop up Store in the Hamptons this summer and then Dubai in the winter.
Thank you very much for this wonderful interview & check out Julia’s Blog: http://juliavanhagen.com
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