Charlotte - Designer
Charlotte is a young, born and raised Parisian woman, who has been working as a designer for different fashion companies, including prestigious maisons such as Hermes, Lacoste, Sézane, etc… Some of her passions include classical music and ballet which she studied for 12 years at the Conversatoire of Paris.
«First of all for the chilled lifestyle the city offers, its proximity to the ocean and its pristine beaches but above all to escape the hectic life of Paris. Workwise, Portugal offers loads of opportunities especially when it comes to craftmanship, artisans, beautiful materials, etc…»
Where do you live in Lisbon?
«I live in the charming Lapa district which has amazing views on the Tejo river. The neighbourhood is actually quiet and green with the Estrella park nearby while still being walking distance to the city center city with its lively bars, rooftop terraces, local groceries, etc…»
«When I met with Odile, we had the same desire to meet with local craftspeople in order to find ways to work together by using their traditional techniques for the development of contemporary and timeless design items»
Your favoUrite place to Go shopping?
«The Barracuda shop in Sao Bento for its great vintage furniture selection».
Your best Portuguese fashion designer?
«Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who I used to work with for 5 years at Lacoste and now the designer at Kenzo. I love his free-spirit universe and his colourful streetwear style including its exquisite detailed patterns»
Your best place to brunch with friends?
«La Boulangerie in Lapa for its laid-back sunny terrace and super tasty fresh finger food».
Your best view of the city?
«Bairro Alto Hotel Bahr where you can enjoy an amazing view of the Tejo with its famous bridge and the Cristo Rei». www.bairroaltohotel.com
Your favoUrite place to have a drink?
«Fares in Cais do Sodre for its large selection of cocktails - my favourite being the Hibiscus blend, as for food, try the tasty fresh humus spread on top of a grilled cauliflower».
Your best vegan restaurant?
«Tiffin in Lapa for their daily selection of oversized muffins, green detox juices, spicy fruit cakes, etc…».
Your best hotel in Portugal?
«Sao Lourenco do Barrocal in Alentejano in the foot hills of the white village of Monsaraz. It is definitely the best place to have a break, located in the middle of nowhere surrounded by horses, lemon trees, ancient holm oaks and vineyards».
Your best place to chill-out on a beach next to Lisbon?
«Yamba in Caparica, its a restaurant on a beach located on the other side of the bridge, about 30 mn away from Lisbon. I just love the down-to-earth mood & feel, the music, the good food and the sunset».