DESIGNER & SHOP OWNER LE LABORATOIRE
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN YOUR OWN STORE?
We decided to open our own shop and workshop together with Patricia because we wanted to create a place where we could work and sell our own collections as fashion designers. We directly introduced other Swiss designed accessories and bags. We opened our first store in 2000, not far from where we are located now. We called it "Laboratoire" because we were (and are still) working directly in the shop elaborating our collections.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE STORE LOCATION AND ITS HISTORY?
The new store we have since autumn 2012 is located in a typical steep walking street of the old town in Lausanne not far from the Cathedral. The street is called "Rue Mercerie" (which means a place where you can find anything to sew and knit) and that name is just a perfect match with what we do every day!
WHAT ARE YOUR DAILY CHALLENGES?
Creating something new and special, yet comfortable – something that you can recognize without seeing the name on it. We love to create at the same place where we welcome the customers and help them find what corresponds to them the most.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CUSTOMERS? WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
Our customers are interested in "Design" in general (if we can call it like this). They love to be different but they like to be discreet too. They know what they want to wear.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH A BAG OF OURS?
It was our friend and designer Sibylle Stoeckli who first introduced us to QWSTION. It was before she left for her Design Research trip around the world and we really found her QWSTION bags different from what we could find and see in Lausanne until that time – useful and minimalistic.
IS THERE A QUESTION YOU HAVE FOR US?
No, thanks, we don’t – all questions answered.