Paris, France
Michael, 30
Trend Forecaster
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a bit about Michael

What are you working on these days?

I’m a former Gender Studies master’s student who’s working for WGSN, a trend-forecasting agency for design, lifestyle, and fashion. I’m often found working with a glass of cheap wine in the evenings.

What drives you mad these days?

Honestly, people that don’t wait for you to leave the métro before getting in. It’s rude, you’re rude, please stop y’all. If I leave, you can get right in there.

What makes you happy?

Learning new things, consistent communication, intersectionality, and those moments/places/people that make you forget about what’s going wrong and make you remember what’s cute and cool.

When was the last time you cried?

Probably about a month ago, I had started my day by stubbing my toe while leaving the house and the bad day just escalated from there. There are days like that, too.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Right now I’m listening to a lot of Mitski, Kelela, Kero Kero Bonito, and a whole lot of PC Music. Summer moods, all the way!

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

I just saw the latest Almdovar film, Julieta. It was expectedly odd, a bit sad, and yet still pretty great.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Sometimes ASOS, sometimes COS, if I’m lucky I’ll be at a press sale for a brand I couldn’t otherwise afford. Vintage and thrifting is nice, I can spend hours sorting through a pile to find that one gem.

What’s your go-to café in Paris?

That really depends on what neighborhood I’m in at the moment! I work in the 11th district, so meeting friends after work at the Centre-Ville on rue de Charonne is always a good option.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I love walking up the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, because there are so many different types of food to eat, great smells, and the beer flows freely.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?

Oh, that’s easy: Take advantage of the art galleries and museums here, which I really should do more often.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Kate Bush. I would probably take her out to some place in Montmartre, just so I could sing “Top of the City” from ‘The Red Shoes’ with her, and thereby ruin our almost-friendship with my embarrassing voice. It’d be worth it.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Oh, the movies! Always the movies. There’s something comforting about sitting in a dark room and forgetting the outside world when it’s been an ugly week.

What’s that place in Paris you feel like only you know about?

There’s this one garden that I used to eat lunch in, and I always felt so comfortably alone there. The landscaping was always perfect and the whole garden was dead silent. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m gonna keep this one for me!

If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I’d probably try to do something I’d never done before, like walk the entire periphery of the city.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

The 10th, because there’s just so much to do there.

What’s the spot in Paris you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

The 16th arrondissement. Hands down. You will never, ever see me there.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Probably my best friends, of course. We’d go get a massage, burgers, and then end up drinking too much wine at my tiny apartment while dancing to Siouxsie & the Banshees. I’m simple, really.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Walking around with no schedule, no idea where I’m going, and just watching people.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Probably l’Attirail because they have cheap pints, it’s loud and fun, and a great place for a drink while planning out the rest of your night.

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