Fashion  60 minutes with … Eugénie Baudry & Vincent Renard of Bigote Paris
Young and fresh, Eugénie Baudry & Vincent Renard of Bigote Paris speak with Shop des Créateurs in this exclusive interview about sharing the French culture and craftsmanship with the world. 

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Bigote Paris has quite a story behind it. Before entering the world of fashion and design, could you tell us a bit of your background?

[Vincent]
By trade, I am more of a businessman than a designer to be honest. I studied marketing and entrepreneurship at EDHEC School of Business in France. I did a two-year apprenticeship with Danone, 1 year in Paris, the other in New York, before deciding to start my own company.

[Eugénie]
I was also a graduate of EDHEC School of Business for entrepreneurship. Before graduating, I did internships at L’Oreal and Chanel in Paris, working for their luxury beauty division. It was an influencing factor in my decision to join Vincent’s new venture.


We understand Bigote Paris was established between 4 friends. Can you elaborate a bit more on what happened that fine day?

[Vincent]
While I was living abroad in New York, I saw there was a market for French shoes, as it was not easy to come by. When I came back, I met up with my friends and I guess ideas just bounced off of each other until we finally came up with a very cool concept.

[Eugénie]
Vincent had a great idea, and when he came back to Paris, we all brainstormed about what we wanted to do: to take a dynamic approach towards French classic shoes.


The brand is based out of Paris & Hong Kong. Was there any particular reason why you guys chose Hong Kong and not NYC?

[Vincent]
Initially I had the idea to start the business in the USA. However, after further research, I realized that the trade restrictions were very complicated. For example, to be qualified for an investor visa, there is a minimum amount of US$100,000 to invest, which was clearly out of our budget, as you can imagine.

[Eugénie]
Hong Kong is the fashion hub of Asia and a great place for entrepreneurship! We believe Hong Kong is like the New York of Asia. Not to mention, the brand recognition in Hong Kong can help tremendously to grown in neighboring countries.

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We are in love with the gladiator and bow concept. How did you guys come up with that?

[Vincent]
One of my best friends is super fashionable and always wears a bowtie. While we were creating the shoes, we wanted something that can put a personal touch to it. I guess the concept sort of came together after that!

[Eugénie]
We wanted a product that could allow people to express their own style and customize their shoes. With a simple bowtie, you could change up your look completely! Not to mention, one pair of shoes can give you 10 or more different looks, that’s every girl’s dream!


Bigote is proudly handmade in France. Can you tell us a little bit about the process of finding raw materials, the right artisans and factories? We took a month long trip around France to scout for the best possible artisans in the industry. We presented project and vision to the artisans before asking for a proposal because we wanted to make sure they were equally passionate about their product.
We chose a different artisan for each product (gladiators. espadrilles and bowtie) to make sure they were truly experts of their trade. From there, we chose the raw materials together with the artisans. We always say that Bigote is about high quality, but also the savoir-faire of our talented craftsmen working behind the scenes.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

 [Eugénie]
The “joie de vivre” of daily life! It’s the simplest things in life that create the most joy. I love people watching in a Parisian café with friends in Le Marais, just taking in the sunshine. In my opinion, Le Marais is one of the most fashion forward and chic quartiers of Paris.

[Vincent]
We love traveling and meeting new faces. Spending quality time with friends, a good meal in good company, wine and cheese…you know, the simple pleasures of life!
St. Germain des Pres is my favorite district in Paris. There are tons of art galleries and exhibitions that can fuel our creativity.


Do you guys have a fashion icon or philosophy to live by?

[Eugénie]
Of course, the French emblem of classics: Coco Chanel! I love her quote “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”


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What is your favorite way to wear Bigote Paris?

[Eugénie]
I wouldn’t say there is only one way to wear it because the shoes are versatile enough to be fit for almost any occasion! Personally, I love wearing it elegantly with a nice spring dress. Perfect for a summer picnic in a park! Of course, the highlight of the outfit will be my shoes!


If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why?

[Eugénie]
Definitely Indonesia! I’ve read about their culture and people…it sounds like bliss. Nice people, perfect weather and beautiful scenery…what more can you ask for?

[Vincent]
I would love to go to New Zealand! It seems like a picturesque paradise. Brazil is also high up there. Brazil seems so vibrant and colorful, the people are so full of life and seem to appreciate the beauty of simply having a good time. Just like us!


If you were a song at…

[Eugénie]
… at 8 am:
C2C – Happy (so I can deal with my associates the whole day!;)

[Vincent]
… at 9 pm:
Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde (I’m on my way Bonnie!)



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