5 questions to the designer
Who are you?
My name is Charlotte, I am in my thirties, and I am passionate about beautiful fabrics, music and Iceland. I started my brand, Charlotte Sometime, eight years ago.
Give us 3 words that describe your universe.
Timeless, qualitative and sentimental.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Mainly in nature and music. I am fascinated by nocturnal animals, marshes, starry skies, misty water, bats dancing at nightfall… All my collections are linked to these themes. I also travel as much as I can, to countries where nature is everywhere (Iceland, Nepal, Norway etc.). Music is also vital. I always work surrounded with music that I choose myself. When I am working on a collection, I have 3 to 5 albums that rotate in my player. The rest of the time, I listen to new bands, I keep abreast of music news, and I go to concerts a lot.
Where do you make your products?
All my pieces are manufactured in France, except for knitwear, made in Romania. A part of the collection is made in my showroom, namely some hand and machine knitting; the rest is made in Paris, Tours and Lyon.
“Made in France”: why that choice?
I have been working with the same makers since 2008. When you start, proximity is key, so originally, manufacturing my collections in France was basically the easiest and most sensible choice. I thought it would be crazy for a young brand to start manufacturing at the other end of the world. Later, when demand increased, I could have relocated my production abroad, but I reject that option: pollution, shipping costs, difficulty to keep track… My makers are actual partners, not just suppliers. Without them, the brand would not exist, so it’s a relationship based on mutual trust, which we have established since the very start, and I know I can depend on them.