MEET THE TEAM: GALERIES LAFAYETTEAugust 31, 2013
Our first ever French Urban Outfitters store is now open in the Parisian mall that is Galeries Lafayette!
Now, we’ve got a long list of reasons to be excited about our new adventure, but most of all, we’re totally stoked about our new Paris crew who’ll be looking after our pop-up shop. (Click HERE to see it yeah?).
So, without further ado, let us introduce you to Marie (Womenswear Manger of Urban Outfitters Brussels) and her team of UO Paris people. Enjoy the cheeky GIFs created for the stores iPad wall too!
UO: Marie! Tell a little about yourself…
M: I’m female, born 13th of December 1985 (Friday 13th actually), French but Belgian at heart, blonde but dyed and I have blue eyes with a pinch of yellow!
I started in retail quite randomly after studying art and photography for most of my life, right now I’m the womenswear department manager for Urban Outfitters Brussels. Here I found a passion for management, numbers, team work and clothes-obviously. It’s never been hard to wake up the morning since I’ve had this job!
UO: So you’re moving to Paris to work in our new pop-up store in GL! What adventures have you planned whilst you’re there? What makes you excited?
M: This might seem weird, but for a French person who loves big cities (I’ve lived in Brussels for the last 5 years), I don’t know Paris at all! I’ve only been there to go to a few gigs, exhibitions or have dinner parties with my friends. I’ve never even slept more than one night there.
When I arrive, I’ll have a city guide in my pocket, go to plenty of gigs, parties and exhibitions – just like I used to in Brussels!
UO: To pack up and move away is pretty darn brave! Have you ever travelled before?
M: I went to Taipei when I was 18 to stay with a friend. I travelled all by myself and stayed there for a month. It was so hard to come back to Europe. Since then, I’ve just travelled to closer destinations, mostly big cities.
UO: You can take just one thing on your trip to Paris – what would it be?
M: My turntable. It’s not worth much but it followed me through all my moves in Brussels- I’ve moved house 12 times since I’ve been here!
UO: Tell us three obscure things you’ll be packing in your bag to take on your adventure…
M: A pot of blue hydrangeas.
Mon amoureuse (in French please).
And a Mexican wrestling mask that a friend gave me. It was initially used for an art performance. It’s silver and black, has an M on the forehead and two hearts on the cheeks! Many adventures ahead with this thing!
UO: French is one beautiful language, what are your favourite words?
M: Right now, it’s opercule (the little seal on a yogurt). For three years, the word tourneur-fraiseur (a very specific factory job) stuck with me – it made me laugh and my friends keep repeating it to me all the time.
It’s usually words that people don’t use that much and that are really nice to say.
UO: What’s your favourite French film?
M: Dans la Maison by François Ozon is the latest French movie that touched me. I love all of his movies; from Goutte d’eau sur pierre brulante to 8 femmes. I can’t wait to watch Jeune et Jolie and also La vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche.
Now meet the rest of the gang through the medium of selfies…
Hi, I’m Julian – born and raised in Paris. I love to stroll around Paris with my Pug and go to Hiphop or Rock shows. I’m passionate about music and play the guitar and bass. I used to play in bands that I’m not especially proud of too.
What I like about living in Paris is it still preserves its history and has a very peculiar atmosphere. There is always something to do here, there is a big scene for fashion and music.
I was born and have lived in the Parisian suburbs until I was 21. I like travelling, going to museums and buying new books. I also love going to the cinema, watching new artists in concert, discovering new bars and going to restaurants with my friends. I have also created my own line of jewellery.
Oh yeah! I have a pretzel tattooed on my arm.
My name is Damien. I’m from Paris but lived in Yvelines until I was 17. I love fashion, art, dance and parties.
In Paris you can do lots of things! I like go to exhibitions, walk in the parks and stroll on the terraces with some friends. When the sun sets I turn into a night owl.
Hey, I’m Louise! I’m 21 and I live in a Paris suburb near the woods. I love literature and contemporary art, travelling without making any plans and meeting weird people.
If you come to Paris I would recommend drinking a really strong coffee in a café, taking a look at the Seine from the subway, buy a lot of art books you’ll never get to read, drive the Peripherique in the sunset, eat and drink good wine for free in a Vernissage and travel home via the woods at sunrise!
Hey, I’m Alice. I love cycling, going to the cinema and shopping. One weird fact about me ? I have one leg shorter than the other.