Interviews

LAURA GAUTHIER, FOUNDER OF FÊTE IMPÉRIALE

laura gauthier

Laura Gautier is the bright mind behind Fête Impériale, a young brand launched in the summer 2015 that has already made a name. Exalted by the free Paris from the 19th century and the decadence of the crazy nigths in the 80’s, Fête Impériale is breaking the codes and hands over flowing clothes with androgynous cuts. The strong and independent woman is celebrated. Get your hands on the perfectos, they are perfect ! Today, she is sharing with us her daily routine, beauty and travels tips !

Hello Laura,

Who are you ? What’s your background ?

I am Laura Gautier, Fête Impériale’s founder. Right before launching Fête Impériale, I was working in digital  communication.

AT HOME

Where are you from ? Why did you choose Paris as your city ?

I am a Parisian. I lived in London for 4 years and I moved back here 3 years ago. Paris is my home. I was born and raised here… It’s a little bit like family, sometimes it’s suffocating but you always come back.

Tell us about your routine and your favorite spots ?

I live in the 3rd borough so I am a Carreaux du Temple, Les Enfants Rouges, Rue de Bretagne, Boulevard Beaumarchais… unconditional.

About my canteen and for an interview : I go to Istr, Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth. It’s a restaurant/oysters/ cocktails bar created by my husband, Pascal, and 2 of his friends, Philippe and Pierre. That is also a great spot for all sort of nights out with friends (apéro, cocktails…).

Otherwise I love the 18th, more specifically Pigalle and Montmartre. The ideal romantic date would start at Très Particulier in Montmartre and would end up with a cocktail at Maison Souquet in its winter garden.

What is your daily beauty routine ? What are your essentials ?

Important but I try to go to the essentials ! I cleanse my face mornings and nights with Bioderma Eau Micellaire and finish with floral waters either orange blossom or rose from Santa Maria di Novella.

Than I use a face cream from Charlotte Tilbury, sometimes I change for La Roche Posay.  And I finish with a body milk from Santa Maria di Novella (I adore this brand !).

Doing my make up is very quick, a touch of foundation (Dior Forever or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk), Hypnôse from Lancôme mascara and black Khôl from By Terry.

I have been wearing the same fragrance for a long time, I mix Eau de Rose from Diptyque with Jardin sur le Toit from Hermès.

Same routine for roughly 10 years !

How do you relax ?

Yoga Vinyasa when I have time, yoga retreat as soon as I can. I also do cross fit.

ABROAD

What is your go to carry-on ?

My Celine clutch trio bag. Perfect for the essentials and your hands are free.

A trick for organizing your luggage ?

Put your clothes in travel pouches. It keeps them ironed and saves space. And, of course, do not take all of your outfits ! Which is, sometimes, a difficult choice to make !

Your traveller uniform ?

Very comfy clothes : sneakers, legging, big jumper or sweater and my Joséphine perfecto.

Beauty essentials while travelling ?

A face cream, a mister, a lipstick and a toothbrush.

Craziest things you ever put in your suitcase ?

A bird cage found at the bird market in Hong Kong.

A destination you’re obsessed with ?

Corsica in the summer and Tignes in the winter. And of course, London.

Any suggestions for hotels, spas, restaurants, and bars there ?

In London, I suggest you to have a breakfast at Woseley, Afternoon Tea at Soho Hotel or in the Victoria and Albert Museum tea salon.

A cocktail at Portobello Star in Notting Hill

A cocktail with oysters on a heated terrace at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone. Which also one of my favorite hotel.

A rooftop : The Shoreditch House

3 Museums : the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert and the National Portrait Gallery for its portraits of ancient British dynasties.

Yoga : The Power Yoga Co in Parsons Green.

Un rituel beauté particulier une fois sur place ?

I go to my old venues. For my hair, I go to Hari’s in Chelsea and for a beauty shopping, at Space N.K or the beauty section of Liberty.

The best thing to steal from an hotel ?

The slippers and the shower gel/shampoo/conditionner…depending on the brand. And some decoration inspirations as well !

WISH LIST

Next destination: My chalet in Tignes for Christmas and New Year.

Next beauty purchase: Eau de Rose from Diptyque … I am running out of it.

Next extravaganza: An Elisabeth Huey’s painting. She’s a young artist from Brooklyn who emigrated to LA. I’ve been watching her for a while and I really like her work.

 Far & Wide in 3 words: Beauty, Getaway, Discovery.

Your mantra: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Discover Fête Impériale, here.

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