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Méduse talks with… L’Autruche

9 Sep , 2015  

L'AUTRUCHE blogger from Nantes


At Méduse, we strive to seek out the underground talents who share our values. Every week, a new star…

Nantes is a super melting-pot of all styles. No one looks alike, that’s awesome!

Last week, you met Nolwenn Crème, one of our two models from the new collection.
This week, Méduse talks with… L’Autruche!

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The lovely L’Autruche chats to us about her history and happiness with Meduse. Our second Nantaise blogger to model the new Autumn/Winter 2015/16 collection, there’s so much more to L’Autruche than just her love for jelly shoes!

M – Tell us about your history with Méduse from your childhood to the new Autumn / Winter 15/16 collection photo shoot. We’d love to see some pictures!

L’A – You’re right, my first memories with Méduse come from my childhood, when I used to holiday by the sea with my parents. I was always fooling around on the rocks, so Méduses were necessary to avoid being hurt. Since then, I started wearing the boots and rain boots. In Nantes, it’s often rainy, so having some in my shoe closet is essential.


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M – We’d like to hear a story about the photo shoot! What’s the best memory you’re keeping from this experience?

L’A – When the people in charge were wiping our shoes right before the photoshoot as it was raining so much! It was really fun to see them at our feet ahah 😉

Autruche at Place du Bouffay in Nantes
M – Méduse is touring France for the “style à la française” with the new collection. Starting point? Nantes of course! According to you, what makes Nantes an emblematic city of the “style à la française? Any specific place in the city? A trend? A tradition? Or is it something else?

L’A – I was born there and I’m slightly chauvinistic so I might not be totally objective 😉 But I’d say that Nantes is a super melting-pot of all styles. No one looks alike, that’s awesome!  

L'Autruche place Graslin

M – According to you, what makes the new Méduse collection Autumn – Winter 15/16 original and why?
L’A – For its range! Any style, any taste, there’s plenty to make everyone happy. Living in Nantes, it’s perfect for us :)

M – What should be the next step of Méduse’s tour of France according to you? And why?
L’A – Hmmm, Beaupréau perhaps – because it’s where the Méduse shoes are made.

Yay, thank you L’Autruche! We love how much you love Meduse – we are all about happiness, dancing in the rain and lifelong celebrations of lots of jelly love, which you are too! A heavenly match! If you have as much love for L’Autruche as we do, don’t forget to check out our Nanataise star’s fabulous blog!

 

 

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Méduse Talks… With Lauren de Samonac

5 Aug , 2015  

Lauren bloggeuse

At Méduse, we strive to seek out the underground talents who share our values. Every week, a new star…

‘I actually have a ‘Jelly Fish’ tattoo on my ankles – it just shows that Méduse will live with me forever.’

She’s a sassy entrepreneur with a keen eye for fashion! She loves mixing retro styles with the fashion of the now, and she can’t help but bounce, skip and prance in her Méduse! We speak to Lauren, a blogger and proud owner of a vintage e-store. Et voila!

M – First things first! We’ve seen you sporting our straw-coloured Méduse and we’re intrigued to know more about you! So tell us, who are you Lauren or Loraine? 😉

L – Lauren Samonac is a very long name meaning a lot of things… My name is actually Loraine but Lauren is much quicker to spell 😉 ! I am the daughter of a village shopkeeper and I always learned to deal with myself, as my ten fingers led me to be the independent person I am today. My mum was always busy, doing tons of things other than shopping; my mum wasn’t a fashionista but a talented entrepreneur. As I’m a kinesthetic learner, my education took an artistic turn – I built up my professional experience in the world of show business as an actress, a light and sound technician and a stage decorator! Some wonderful experiences which led me to try my luck as an entrepreneur today.

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M – We’ve noticed that not only do you run a personal blog, but you’re also a part of a second-hand / vintage project! Could you tell us a bit more about Duffledud? How does this project have an effect on your own personal style?

L – Duffledud was born in 2012 and allowed me to share my love of bargain-hunting and wearing fashion pieces mixed with cool vintage bits! It’s a way for me to feel like a kid: like being my own person, showing off my own style – that’s what fashion should be about! But Duffledud is slowly coming to an end unfortunately… Because of the big retail industry competition and their low prices, my e-shop is going through a rough patch, despite holding on to budget prices and ‘little-old-me’ trying to keep it up, until the big CRACK! It’s so much easier to buy a basic pink blouse that everyone has, than buy a pink blouse with a little character :-/. This has been a rich experience; from seeing my blog blossom, I decided to focus my energy on building a new project (still secret) to keep going! 

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M – You shared a lovely story with us where you mention how our Méduse were a part of your childhood! What place do our jellies have in your life today?

L – Méduses ?? Definitely my childhood !!! As my parents were working a lot, we didn’t go on holiday much, but when we did, we went to the seaside! I’m very sensitive on the feet as my father used to tickle me to wake me up! I never really liked the burning heat of the sand and I really didn’t like the idea of ​​knowing that my feet could walk on something strange, like a hook! (true story!). Fed-up with my complaints, my mother bought me my first pair of Méduses when I was 6 and they were navy blue. Then, when I was about 8, I got a transparent pair, and I felt like I was wearing dolly shoes – so practical as there are no laces!  Moreover, the idea of ​​being able to set foot in the water without risking anything is just great! Even though I’m 28, my habits have not changed and I am pleased that I’ve been able to find a pair of Méduses because they are so useful, they have a nostalgic touch, and not many people dare to wear them yet, but they are missing out on this true fashion accessory! I like the origin and the history – it is a French product, with a unique style for both men, women, youngsters and oldies – it’s even worn by fashionistas around the world! As they say: ‘never two without three’, my third pair of SUN Paille are well into my ‘shoesing’ and this time, I’m sure my feet won’t grow anymore ;-).

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M – And now for your challenge! We challenge you to create a styleboard inspired by your Paille SUN Méduse! Are you up for it? 😉

L – I’m taking up your challenge! It is a great honour for me to highlight my pair of Méduse! It’s if my story with Méduse was written in the stars… I actually have a ‘Jelly Fish’ tattoo on my ankles – it just shows that Méduse will live with me forever.

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Lauren – we love you. You’re officially the coolest cat around! Having Méduse tattooed shows you’re a true jelly lover, and we won’t forget that! Thanks for sharing your stories and style tips with us! It just goes to show that we too love mixing vintage styles with hip-happening fashion – YOU GOT IT! Keep up to date with Lauren’s blog and her retro store DuffleDud!

 

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Méduse Talks… With Mary Yasmine Arrouche

11 Mar , 2015  

Méduse Jelly shoes Maria Yasmine Arrouche
At Méduse, we strive to seek out the underground talents who share our values. Another week, another star…
A preppy badass who’s always daring to wear a splash of colour and print. She turns heads and she stops traffic – and well, we knew she was a star to chat to for this week’s ‘French Rising Stars’ theme! Our friend, fashion editor, journalist and style-lover Mary Yasmine Arrouche shared a few words with us on future French fashion and trends, and her world with Méduse! Check it out!
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How do you think your style reflects Frenchness? What particular features stand out? My style reflects Frenchness in the sense that I don’t put that much effort into thinking about what I’m going to wear so it’s all very effortless even if it doesn’t look like it! I love wearing skirts and dresses and rarely, if at all, wear trousers. My favourite houses are all French and I think the fact that I am so committed to wearing skirts and dresses reflect the old school glamour that comes to mind when referring to French style. I have a soft spot for tailored men’s shirts and coats too, I like to think of the way it can be perceived, as a woman, to wear men’s clothes. It’s all very sexy… French!
Your blue Méduse – describe how they make you feel in 3 words. Comfortable, quirky and lively.
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Do you think French style is revolutionising? Is it still classic and chic, or is it audacious and punchy? Oh French style is so varied and rich. I think what truly makes French style is the attitude, the effortlessness that is attached to it, so in that sense it is very much revolutionising!Where would you take your Méduse in the day and night? I would wear my Méduse at the music festivals in London during the summer, which last way beyond sunset…

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What fashion trends do should we look out for later this year? What colours do you think will make an appearance? 

I really like the sportswear trend and how technical fabrics are integrated in high fashion, it brings a visual punch of colour and modernity to the silhouette. Also the 60s/70s revival with its palette of earthy colours and bucolic naïveté.

BAM! There you have it! With an apt for spotting hot fashion trends, we’re certainly keeping an eye Mary’s fashion predictions!

 What upcoming fashion trends, do you think will be in hyped this year? And most importantly, how would you style them with Méduse? Share your predictions in the comments!Big up to Mary Yasmine, for her time with us! You are a true jelly star! Keep up to date with Mary’s
musings, words and snapshots on her Instagram and Twitter!

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