What inspired you to open The Webster?
I fell in love with the vibrant culture of Miami when I took a weekend trip down years ago for Art Basel. I saw an opportunity to build something special in an environment that felt unsaturated at the time, and I was determined to create a business that offers a unique, exclusive selection of timeless pieces.
What challenges do you face when balancing your business with motherhood?
It’s always a challenge balancing business with motherhood. I now understand the importance of leaning on others for support and knowing what your limitations are. With all of life’s distractions, I also always try my best to be fully present when I’m with my family to ensure that time we spend together is special.
What are your favorite brands of boy's clothing?
I love finding vintage pieces for my son, but my go-to brands are Bon-Ton, Bonpoint, Petit Bateau, Stella McCartney, Caramel, Gap, J. Crew, Les Enfantines, Trico Field, Maison Labiche, Makie, Lucky Wang... the list goes on. It’s all so cute!
How do you carve out "me time?"
Traveling to new places and immersing myself in different cultures is truly what restores me. When that’s not possible, a romantic dinner alfresco with my husband does the trick.
Many Mothers have ideas/dreams about starting their own brands. How did you develop your business and bring your ideas to fruition?
When developing a business, it’s so important to never lose sight of your vision and goals. We opened The Webster at the peak of the recession and took on the process of renovating and restoring a landmark art deco building which was very arduous – but I was determined to make it happen, and with the help of an incredible team, it became a reality. Over the years, The Webster still embodies my own personal values and style.
What are your favorite family activities in NYC ?
Raising a child in New York City has made me appreciate the rich history that this wonderful city has to offer. I love taking my son to the Natural History Museum and the Children’s Art Museum – it’s such a pleasure experiencing them through his eyes and watching him engage with the exhibits. In the warmer months, we love to go to the Bronx Zoo and see all the animals.
What is your favorite family vacation destination?
Having grown up in France, our favorite vacation destination is Corsica, where my family has been going since before I can remember. It has become a part of my DNA. We love being able to relax and take in the beautiful Mediterranean air.
Who are some women that you look up to in your industry?
Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Emmanuelle Alt, Amy Astley – hardworking, entrepreneurial women with families. I admire their ability to balance their incredible careers with their personal lives.
What are your favorite children's classes for your son in NYC?
It’s important to us that our son stays active and explores all different types of activities. At the moment, my son is loving karate and Super Soccer Star classes – we can’t get him out of his uniforms! As a mother, it’s so exciting to watch your child play a sport and put their heart and soul into something they are passionate about.
What values do you hope to instill in your son?
I hope for my son to be compassionate and generous. I encourage him to express his feelings, and how important it is to always treat others the way he wishes to be treated.
Who is your favorite designer to wear?
Vintage Saint Laurent