it all started almost a whole year ago, in September 2011, just before my first launch party. I was at the Grazia PC Catwalk, sniffing up the atmosphere and taking pictures for my Frenchonista in Amsterdam readers. I noticed a beautiful, elegant and stylish woman and asked her if I could take her picture for my blog. We got to talking and not only was she very charming, she was genuinely interested in what I was doing. I immediately invited her to my launch party and only then I discovered who she was: Dutch actress, singer and style icon Carolien Spoor. We all know how famous people are invited to lots of events, and herds of people continuously want to talk to them, so I was truly touched by her sincere interest in me and what I was doing.
The rest is history. Even before becoming my Frenchonista Ambassador she was acting like one, wearing my clutches at events, promoting them everywhere. She has been my (official 🙂 ) ambassador now since the beginning of May and a friend since when we first met. Apart from the Carolien clutch I designed for her, we co-designed a gorgeous multifunctional dress and damn, does she wear it well!!
In interviews about Frenchonista, Carolien has often expressed her respect for the hard work I’ve been doing to make Frenchonista a success. Now it’s my turn:
Carolien, you are amazing and I love you not only for what you do but also and firstly for who you are. I don’t believe in coincidences, so I know we were meant to meet. As my ambassador and friend, I can now finally show you and the world (and believe me, I couldn’t wait, I’m SO excited about this) the Frenchonista illustration Clement Dezelus made. He has captured you and your elegance so well, I wish I could see your face when you’ll see it for the first time.
If we had champagne – and we will have some very soon, no doubt – I would say: Here’s to the best ambassador I could ever have wished for and to a true friend!
(text editing by Liza Brouwer)
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