What New Chez Vous, Charlotte Hosten?
There's a bright new atelier boutique on Bernard, and ever since the ladies at Atelier B urged me to interview her I've been hoping to have an exchange with the lovely redhead who works within, spinning her beads and ribbons and trim. This week, dreams become friendly reality as we get a hello and update from the Mademoiselle herself.
"My name is Charlotte and I took my grandmother's maiden name, Hosten, to name my jewelry line :Charlotte Hosten. I was born in Belgium and moved here when I was 10. I started making jewelry when I was 15 and never stopped. It eventually grew into a passion, not to say obsession. After deciding to forgo a career as a lawyer (I got a law degree), in october 2009, I officially launched my jewelry line. Since then, we have had the chance to expand our wholesale distribution to the rest of Canada and some stores around the world, such as Takashimaya in Japan and the famous Anthropologie. Opening our own store in november 2011 was a dream coming true for me - I love sharing my passion with clients and having the chance to "build a house" around my creations."
So...What's new chez vous?
We are working with limited editions more then ever (I love these new designs I made last week, the Black and Peach Bib Necklace with Black Onyx, Semi-Precious Stones and Fabrics and Pale and Black Fabric Bracelet with Semi-Precious Stones, Swarovski Crystals and Silk), which allows me to use very unique materials. We also started our bridal accessories line and that is so much fun - being part of the ultimate feminine experience and contributing to their wedding look is wonderful.
Local love bonus questions of love! Most memorable meal you've had recently in a restaurant in montreal, most successful recent clothing shopping experience, who else would you like to see featured in this series?
Meal?: This japanese bar Imadake, the interior design is amazing and the food is great. The atmosphere is so festive in there !
Shopping:? I do not go shopping as much as I wish I could but I found this amazing belt at the Gap that perfectly matches all the orange traffic cones in the city - the picture doesn't show how fluo this belt is.
Who else?: The guys from Foumalade. I think they do amazing work.
Photos by Karine Droual.
What's New Chez Vous is an interview series by Risa Dickens, Yelp Montreal Community Manager and co-founder of Indyish.com. Each column will spotlight new styles in town and the places local boutique owners love. If you'd like to see your shop/designs featured here, reach out and touch at email@example.com