Confidences Particulières Our artisans and designers share their passion, in their own words

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Julien Cernobori

For the Journées Particulières, journalist and podcaster Julien Cernobori went out to meet artisans in the LVMH group in their studios or workplaces. In a Champagne wine cellar, in the tranquillity of Lake Geneva, or the silence of a Parisian cordwainer’s workshop, he listened to their stories. They told of passion for their craft, and the uncommon turn their lives have taken, behind the scenes of the Houses. Listen to these singular tales, or Confidences Particulières, in 13 podcasts.

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Armelle JanodyCultivator of perfumery plants Parfums Christian Dior

Cultivating flowers is magic – it’s a little girl’s dream come true

The Clos de Caillan sounds like the kind of name for a village that you’d find in a fairy tale. Maybe there was a hint of providence intervening when Armelle Janody went for a walk around her new home. How did chance lead her to become the grower of perfumery plants for Parfums Christian Dior.
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Christophe PierreCask-maker Hennessy

I want to do something that will last

With his gentle, reassuring voice, Christophe Pierre takes us on a journey to Cognac. A cask-maker since the age of 18, he helps us discover the importance of our senses. Working alongside his childhood friend, he perpetuates the skills of his trade to leave his mark for posterity.
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Myiesha SewellMakeup Artist Sephora

You can be someone different every day – that’s one of things I like best about my job

A huge Sephora store stands at the corner of 5th Avenue and 47th Street. This is where Myiesha Sewell wields her expert brushes to the rhythm of the catchy pop tunes played on the sound system. Having been greatly influenced by her grandmother, Myiesha tells us why makeup is a such a great tool for boosting self-esteem.
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Thierry Wasser Perfumer Guerlain

Fragrance is a form of expression

You need a Nose to be a perfume designer, but there’s much more to it than that. It’s about alchemy, mystery, imagination... all these things that are built up from your earliest years. Thierry Wasser gives a passionate portrayal of his craft, a lifetime’s work.
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Daniel TomasinHead of Eyewear Prototypes Thélios

We’re creators of eyewear – we take the concept and bring it to tangible fruition

Against the breath-taking backdrop of the Dolomites, Daniel Tomasin tells us how lucky he feels to have started out at square one. Not very fond of school as a child, he describes how his adulthood has been a quest for creation and novelty.
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Isabelle AndréLeading Highly Skilled Hand Dior Couture

I give a soul to the fabric

On the fifth floor of the Dior workshop, amongst the rolls of fabric and dressmakers’ dummies, Christian Dior dresses come to life under Isabelle André’s deft hands.
Cultivating her mastery of couture ever since she could hold a needle, Isabelle André softly relates her fairy tale to us.
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Benoît Verhulle Workshop Manager Chaumet

The Chaumet method is to say that we will succeed

What could have happened in Benoît Verhulle's childhood for him to start working as a jeweler when he was 15? He relates his moving story in the Chaumet workshops on the Place Vendôme which he now heads, and shares his love of fine jewelry with us.
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Lucia Silvestri Creative & Buying Director Bvlgari

I’m seeking the soul of the stone, so I can hand it on

Lucia Silvestri admires her gemstones by the light of her window overlooking the Tiber, likening them to people. She tells us of the magic she experiences daily, in this line of work that she would never have gone into if she hadn’t suddenly been smitten one day while on work placement…
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RACHEL DESBLÉSWINE-GROWER CHÂTEAU D’YQUEM

The laughter of Rachel Desblés rings out in the heart of the Château d’Yquem vineyards, where she lovingly tends the vine stands. To the strains of La vie est Belle by Indochine, she perpetuates the traditional methods she learned working alongside her aunt Danièle.
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Ruinart

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Caroline FiotWine Expert Ruinart

In a Reims chalk quarry, young oenologist Caroline Fiot tells us how she came to work at the Ruinart Champagne House. Taking us through the Magnum gallery, she describes with amazement her working life in this illustrious locale.
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Jean-Michel Casalonga Master Cordwainer Berluti

Bespoke shoemaking is a long and epic journey, with bad weather and various encounters along the way – it’s a pursuit that’s anything but solitary.

In the Berluti headquarters a stone's throw from the Champs Elysées, Jean-Michel Casalonga relates the key moments in making footwear to measure, and talks about some of his unusual encounters... He describes a craft that appeared to him as a revelation.
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Jean-Claude Biver President of LVMH’s watchmaking division

A mechanical watch is an emotion, a heritage, a savoir-faire, a piece of history – it has a soul.

His childhood in a Swiss boarding school, his fascination with a watch movement, the light in the Alps… Jean-Claude Biver talks about his many and varied sources of inspiration, as he looks back over a lifetime devoted to watchmaking.
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Francis Kurkdjian Perfume Designer Maison Francis Kurkdjian

I never take the olfactory aspect as a starting point – that comes at the end of the story.

Francis Kurkdjian grew up in a happy and creative family, which imbued in him a sense of spectacle and a love of clothes and parties. In his Parisian studio, he recalls with amusement a letter that changed the course of his life.
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