PEPPER & INK SUMMER FOCUS : LA CERISE SUR LE GATEAU
We spotted La Cerise Sur Le Gateau on our very first buying trip to Paris & have stocked several of their products in our collection since we began. Their contemporary designs have a timeless quality to them and effortlessly chic. Beautifully made, they remain a popular brand at Pepper & Ink Home and here we interview, Anne Hubert, Founder & Designer of La Cerise to delve a bit deeper and find out where it all began and what has and continues to inspire those behind the scenes.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO DESIGN?
I started by customizing my dolls house then my bedroom, then my brother’s dressing. After that my parents agreed to let me study in a school design. After my studies, when I was shopping I could not find what I was looking for so I decided to create it myself.
Some of my friends really liked it and that is how La Cerise sur le Gateau was born.
TELL US ABOUT LA CERISE? AND WHAT DOES THE NAME MEAN?
The idea of La Cerise sur le Gâteau is to revisit and puts a twist on home textiles.
La Cerise Sur le Gateau is a French expression that mean The cherry on the cake, and always make people smile that is why, it is easy to remember.
By adding a cherry on the cake you put the final touch, the small detail that will make the difference.
WHERE ARE THE PRODUCTS MADE?
100 % of our collection is made in Portugal. We select our suppliers based on skill and « savoir-faire », but also on a shared philosophy. This philosophy concerns a style of manufacturing that respects both quality and work conditions. All our manufacturing linen is based in a region of Porto in Portugal, that has strong historical link to the textile industry, and a skilled local workforce. We have decided to work exclusively with Oeko-tex certified providers for weaving, dyeing and printing.
Oeko-tex is the first label aiming to guarantee human-ecological materials, free from products that are harmful to the body and the environment.
WHO DO YOU TAKE INSPIRATION FROM?
From my mother or my daughter!
I am really inspired by several French textile references and their “savoir faire”, as the tea towel which is one of our main reference; I also find inspiration from materials, how it feels, and from my childhood memories of colours, polka-dot...
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INTERIORS SHOP?
I always try to find an alternative to uniformized stores that we can find in any city.
I especially like stores that know how to make a smart selection by associating different brands and young designers and that create a proper universe and identity.
WHAT ARE YOU COVETING AT THE MOMENT?
La Cerise Sur le Gateau is going to celebrate its 10 years’ anniversary of creation. We are very exciting to organize this birthday that is not going to be last one.
To celebrate this special event, we are currently working on several partnerships... Stay tuned!
BEST EXPERIENCE ALONG THE WAY?
Since the first day, I still have the same feeling, when a customer write us to say how she is pleased to take a nap on our cushions, or to say that the colour of one of product make her so happy, or to tell us that she is crazy about one of our duvet...
I love it!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I find a lot of inspiration in fashion that I then adapt to decoration, it can be an adaptation of pattern and material. It can also be timeless textiles references that I enjoy adapting to my product, always by keeping a touch of humour. This is our Cerise sur le Gateau (Cherry on the cake).