papacanalPaco Rabanne used to say that he was the reincarnation of a Spanish grandee. The President of the former French Federation of Haute Couture, Jacques Mouclier, died yesterday. During 50 years he has protected and defended the profession which today, thanks to him, embodied the French industry of Luxe.

50 years ago he went with the French government to conquer the Asian market because he had very soon understood the importance of that continent. He welcomed then the young foreign designers “Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Kansaï Yamamoto, karl Lagerfeld and so many others that he will propel to the front row. He never stopped helping them to protect their brand name and lobbying with the French government to make sure that their brand name remain French. Continue reading


I have always liked to hear how people meet for the first time. Each story is different and unusual.
I am going to tell you how I met Bernard Arnault : An attractive and handsome gentleman walked down the lobby of “the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. We could feel someone energetic and soft. He came alone and went straight to the point and said:  I am Mr. Arnault, the President of Ferinel and I want to build a French Luxury group. Can you tell me more about how works the fashion industry?

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Jacques Mouclier: “What is for you the meaning of an icon?” An icon is someone culturally regarded as a symbol. Incredibly special in whatever way (beauty or talent for example). It’s not a word to be taken lightly. Franck Sorbier is an icon to me. Fashion icons include Karl, Gautier, Simmoens… People that were just unstoppable.

To what extent is a work of art an icon? Is it rather the icon which is a work of art, or on the contrary is the work of art iconic? Continue reading