a bit about Laetitia
What are you working on these days?
I am currently working on the production of a terrace to host cultural events for the Cannes Film Festival, the set-design of a temporary space for a liquor brand and the art direction of a perfume launch.
What drives you mad these days?
Taxi drivers, french bureaucracy and waiting in line for japanese udon soups.
What makes you happy?
The smell of good coffee, running randomly into friends in the street, the excitement of starting a new book, Seinfeld re-runs, beautiful sunny light, the apéritif hour, long summer nights.
When was the last time you cried?
I cried when my friend Anna told me she was pregnant. I was so happy and emotional.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
Panda Bear, Neon Indian, Domenique Dumont & Roxy Music.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
I haven’t been to the movie recently but I just watched an old french movie from 1971 called “Le Casse” directed by Henri Verneuil with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Omar Sharif. It was so good; real adventure and thrill in style with fantastic music of Ennio Morricone.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I usually buy the same brands and pretty much the same style: navy blue sweaters, marinière t-shirts, high-waisted jeans from APC, Vanessa Seward, Petit Bateau, COS, Zucca.
What’s your go-to café in Paris?
I sit every day at “Odette et Aimé” with my friend and neighbor Alexandre. It’s a nice coffee routine since we are both freelance working from home. For work meetings I sit at Hôtel du Temps, the coffee area is very cosy and it’s very quiet so perfect for confidentiality.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
I like the walk from my place to Le Marais. It’s a walk which gives all the vibes from the hood: the very mixed crowd and cultures of rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, the buzzing Grands Boulevards, the arty Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth to finally arrive to the very gentrified Carreau du Temple. I also like very much crossing Palais Royal and le Louvre to reach the left bank it’s a very unique and overwhelming part of Paris. The sunset light is usually very beautiful and creates nice colors on the Louvre architecture.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?
I love to go to Jardin des Plantes and Galerie de la Minéralogie but I always fail on going because it’s a bit far from my place. I also love the aquarium in Trocadéro but haven’t been in year, even though I always say “we should go next week-end!”
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
I would love to take Willem Dafoe to dinner at Grand Colbert, a very old school brasserie next to Palais Royal. I love the vibes of those brasseries where you can sit for hours and the food is always the same. It feels like the time stopped and you can just go on with your thoughts and wine.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
I think I would go either to Le Louvre to see my favorite room which “La Salle des bronzes antiques” with a stunning ceiling by Cy Twombly or to see Atelier Brancusi located next to Centre Georges Pompidou. I really don’t like the rain so if I go out I need to see things that makes me happy.
What’s that place in Paris you feel like only you know about?
Next to my place there is a really small cafe-bistrot-bar called Condor C and it’s closed most of the time but they open for you and your friends when you want. It feels like you own the place, it’s a nice and comfy feeling.
If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
Friends, music and drinks at home with windows open. I’m a born and raised Parisian so for me it’s a lot about the people.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
I would like to be the mayor of my area so either the 9th or the 10th arrondissements those are interesting arrondissements to me, for their history and people.
What’s the spot in Paris you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Alésia & Bastille area + very touristic places like champs de mars and Champs Elysée.