After years as Editor-in-Chief of famed fashion magazine Self Service, Claire Thomson-Jonville left to launched her own brand consultancy – CTJ Creative – while serving as Editor-in-Chief at La Nouvelle Mode and designing a recent collaboration with tailoring house Pallas. Each stylish career move has built upon Scottish-born Claire Thomson-Jonville’s own insouciant style; based on a staple uniform of relaxed tuxedos, sexy t-shirts and sneakers that make her an enviable incarnation of Parisian elegance. Invited into her elegant home tucked in on a quiet street in the fashionable 8th arrondissement, we caught up with Claire to discuss her personal taste in flowers, fashion and her home city of Paris.
I love to offer a gloriously scented bouquet, but the choice of flowers will depend on the person, as everyone has their own, unique style.
Which flowers do you most like to receive?
It depends on my mood; in summer I like white and green, something quite fresh and wild, whereas in the winter I like something more graphic with colours. In both cases, I love a beautiful scented bouquet and something less structured with more natural volume.
How does your flower choice reflect your personal style?
I’m very precise with what I like (in florals), which is the same with my personal style. I like bouquets of one single flower, something quite clean and visual.
My collection with Pallas: CTJxPallas, Prada and old Celine.
Tell us about a wardrobe heirloom you cannot live without?
Where is your perfect escape?
In Paris, I love to take a yoga class, get a great facial or massage at Tata Harper at the Bristol, as that’s my way of taking some time for me when work gets crazy. I also love to check into a hotel for the weekend with my children, and have breakfast in bed and go swimming - the Trianon Palace in Versailles is ideal for a weekend escape, or the Hotel Normandy in Deauville.
How do you begin your day?
Lemon juice, yoga, and Instagram (not necessarily in that order).
How do you end your day?
Herbal tea, a face mask and a to do list.
Where is your favourite Parisian hotspot?
Probably the Hotel Bristol: I love the spa and take a lot of my meetings there, as it’s very old school and uncool, which I love.
FLOWERBX visits Julie De Libran at her incredible home tucked away in an idyllic courtyard in the fashionable St. Germain quarter to find out the flowers that define her very chic and very Parisian taste.