11/09/2015

A Moment with Emmanuelle Tsouza

This recent graduate of Paris’ IFM (French Institute of Fashion), who’s just joined a major fashion house, welcomes Lancôme into her immaculate top-floor Parisian apartment overlooking the Canal Saint Martin, with the gentle sound of the capital’s riverboats humming in the background.

Profession:
Junior jewelry and accessories product designer
Neighborhood:
10th Arrondissement

As a Parisienne at heart do you have any Parisian habits?
From time to time, when I like to discover a new neighborhood, I simply just pick a starting off point and begin walking – letting myself go wherever. I let myself get lost, but also make some great discoveries along the way. Paris is the perfect city for this type of haphazard wandering: big enough for there always to be a little surprise at the end of a street, yet small enough to be covered on foot or by bike.

Do you have any Paris happy places?
For me happiness is simple, it comes from doing my grocery shopping at the neighborhood farmers’ market right next to the Gare de L’Est station. Or, it’s going to Voyageurs du Monde on Rue Saint-Anne. It’s a bespoke travel agency, but I often just go in there for inspiration, it’s such a lovely space that’s open to the public and where you can browse travel guides and catalogs and chat with people. It’s like an escape in itself.
Saint Martin covered farmers’ market, 33 Rue du Château d'Eau, 75010 Paris.
Voyageurs du Monde, 55 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris. Tel: + 33 1 42 86 16 00.

What fragrances evoke Paris for you?
The smell of bread wafting from bakeries in the morning and the strong scent that escapes from the Ile de la Cité flower market.

Name three unexpected places that sum up Paris in your mind
La Cité de la Mode around Austerlitz, the fashion campus where IFM is located. It’s based on a kind of little green neon island in the 13th arrondissement. The pop-up clubs in the catacombs. I’ve never had a chance to go, but they evoke that very underground feeling where only an in-the-know few can go to them. It kind of sums up the new Paris. The Grand Palais for its classic and old-fashioned façade that’s often starkly different from the exhibits that are held inside. From the FIAC contemporary art fair exhibits, to the annual Monumenta exhibits, by way of various electro nights, you can frequently find yourself in the same gallery space, yet transported to somewhere entirely different.
Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34, Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Tel: + 33 1 76 77 25 30
Le Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris. Tel: + 33 1 44 13 17 17.

Where do you head to relax and recharge?
The Pompidou bookstore for its calm and inspiring atmosphere, the Jardin des Plantes park for its fresh countryside vibe and museums, but only on days there aren’t many people.
Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI) du Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris. Tel: + 33 1 44 78 12 33.
Le Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris. Tel: +33 1 40 79 56 01.

Do you have any favorite neighborhood walks?
I like to walk along the Seine, on the riverbanks near La Villette in the 19th arrondissement, especially on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Are there any other cities in which you could see yourself living?
Copenhagen! To my mind the city offers the perfect balance between what’s cool, and what’s Zen. I know it’s an interesting place for fashion, design and music (especially electro). I’d just have to learn Danish!

Who do you dream of spending an evening in Paris with?
Carrie from Sex & the City. I love that show and I’d love to experience her version of Paris living for just one night.

What’s making you happy right now?
Decorating my new apartment, I’ve moved in by myself for the first time and it’s as if I’ve been confronted with a blank canvas: I can do exactly what I want. It’s interesting because I’ve always been interested by a diverse range of styles, without really knowing which suited me best. Now I know.

Do you have a feel-good motto?
Smile!

Happiness is?
Living in Paris and traveling often, because that means you can escape, open the mind and spirit and get inspired. All so that you can look at everything that’s familiar with fresh eyes. There’s nothing better to my mind, for truly appreciating life.

Name a movie that always makes you smile
Mamma Mia! I love Meryl Streep in that movie.

How do you beat the blues?
I’d say without hesitation with a burger from the Camion Qui Fume food truck.

When did you last get the giggles?
When watching an episode of the English show, Coupling from the early 2000s that depicts the dating lives of a group of London friends, it’s hilarious.

Name three energy-boosting songs
Satisfaction by Otis Redding, Save Me Now by Aeroplane and The Look by Metronomy.

How do you get yourself out of bed on difficult mornings?
Some of the nicest surprises in life happen just when you think you’d preferred to have stayed in bed. So, get up!

How do you relax and de-stress?
With a Pilates session at Body Balance.

How would you describe the typical Parisienne?
She elegant, but without seeming to have made too much effort. She’s sophisticated, but without having made any style missteps, and, sometimes she’s both at the same time.

What makes you feel very Parisian?
The other day I read this phrase: “Being Parisian doesn’t necessarily mean you were born in Paris, just that you dream of Paris.” That’s exactly how I feel Parisian, Paris is a city that has always excited and uplifted me, especially when it comes to fashion, art, music and food. I don’t think there are many cities that offer that blend, so I don’t think I could see myself living anywhere else.

In what way is your beauty regimen very Parisian?
What’s very Parisian is knowing how to master the basics to perfection, with beautiful skin and a nice lip color. That’s why I’m very careful about my skin and I use mostly big-name brands. As for makeup, it’s very minimalist, except for lips. A little foundation, a hint of mascara and some lipstick in a nude, a scarlet or fuchsia pink is perfect.

Do you have any Parisian icons?

Not really, I think that some of the most inspiring women professionally, in fashion, in beauty or in other fields are those who surround us in our everyday life, in the street. You just have to open your eyes.

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?
Never apologize for being yourself.

What was your most recent beauty find?
The Beauty Blender, it’s a little egg-shaped sponge which helps you apply foundation in an even, yet very natural way.

If you could take one beauty product with you on a night out what would it be?
A lipstick, and with me that’s very often the case.

What’s your favorite French dish?
A duck and potato casserole.

What do you like to cook for your family and friends?
A homemade ratatouille, I like dishes that stew away for a while.

Do you have a favorite energy-boosting recipe?
A pineapple, apple, spinach smoothie with Goji berries and chia seeds.

Do you follow any particular diets?
I eat a lot of fruit, of all kinds.

Emmanuelle’s Paris address book

Where do you go for:

Nice gifts?
LA2L, a gorgeous little jewelry designer’s boutique.
LA2L, 18 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris.

For a massage or to relax?
My gym, Les Cercles de la Forme. I either go to the Bastille or Nation locations. After a good workout, I hit the sauna or steam room.

For coffee, tea or a cocktail?
Kitch, a bar that I’ve been going to for a couple of years. Just like its name indicates, the décor is very kitsch. Plus the owners are great and the menu is wonderful.
Le Kitch, 10 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris.

For lunch with friends?
Nanashi, it’s wonderfully cozy and the dishes are always surprising and good! Nanashi, 57 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris. Tel: +33 1.44.61.45.49.

For homewares?
Fleux, a real Ali Baba’s cave in the Marais district.
Fleux, 39, Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris.

Photos: Hannah & Joël