“Success is a career path”
Strellson was just taking its first steps towards becoming a brand when I came along. The dynamic energy of the company was palpable – you could feel, see and hear it. What’s more, it was highly infectious! It was clear to me straightaway that all the conditions were right to really achieve something over the coming years. Not just a minor success that would soon be forgotten. But something genuinely great. And I wanted to be part of it!
It was a feeling that’s impossible to describe. You feel electrified, and ready to give everything you’ve got – every time the company grows a bit more you realise how much more it’s possible to achieve. It’s fantastic. To be part of this team, to really go far; to strive for success and achieve it – for me, that’s the ultimate adventure.
“A unique integrity”
I came here to Paris to build up the Strellson brand from zero. Back then in 1995, Strellson was unknown in France. I had seen the advertising campaign, however. And I must say, the cool, young images really did fit the Strellson team. The independent, Swiss image was a true reflection of the company.
The other thing that struck me right from the start was a positive atmosphere and a unique integrity. The HOLY FASHION GROUP has always given me plenty of freedom, encouraged me to use my initiative and expected a high level of responsibility – in all situations.
I have known some of our customers for 20 years, and some of them have become really close friends. A kind of familiarity has grown up between us – we stick together through the good times and the bad. Sometimes we even go for a meal or a beer together.
I like to wear really cool suits. By cool, I mean the kind you can look sexy in. They have to be dark – no question. Not black, more dark-blue. And I’d like to own a Porsche Targa someday. Guess what colour!
“It doesn’t get better than this!”In December 2006, I was offered the job of Head of Design, with responsibility for the womenswear collection. Head of Design? Responsibility? windsor.? Wow! For me, windsor. was the last word in elegance, understatement and stylistic self-assurance. And of course tradition, tradition, tradition. With premium quality to boot. And to breathe new life into all that, to develop a new windsor. image with the emphasis on modernity and casualness – it was a challenge some might baulk at. Some, perhaps. But definitely not me. I relished it, and still do. I started my job in July 2007. You know when you’re in the right place at the right time. And it feels amazing. Even better than amazing.