Gwen is my sister, Charles is Capucine's lover my other sister, Victorien is my husband and Clémentine, our seamstress, is my sister too... Or how can I tell you that Balzac Paris is a story of family in which everyone brings a bit of their personality, enthusiasm and energy. This is how Gwen, my little sister, will lend me a hand during the arrival of my mini. As at Balzac Paris we tell you everything, I thought you would be happy to know more about his cheerful person: Gwen in Nana skirtNana Skirt

Gwen is wearing the Nana Balzac Paris skirt

So Gwen, in a few words or even a few lines, can you tell us more about yourself?

I am Gwendoline, I am 25 years old. Originally from Lille, I have been a Parisian by adoption for 3 years. 3 years that I devoted to one of my passions, digital, working for different ready-to-wear brands. I would define myself as a trendsetter, whether in fashion, decoration or food! Avid for novelties, I like pretty encounters and discoveries! Generation Y, I assume my "Geek" side and can spend hours on Instagram and Pinterest discovering new universes. I am also very sensitive to art.

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How do you define Balzac Paris?

I define Balzac Paris as a wardrobe made up of timeless essentials: both chic and comfortable, day and night, in basic colors and exclusive prints. A brand keen to offer know-how and quality products that meet the very chic “made in France” label.

Your style is well defined, a bit sharp you feel eager for novelties and trends. How do you describe it?

I'm dressed in odds and ends found right to left. I can very well wear pants at 9.90€ unearthed at H&M with a knit bought in a thrift store and a designer jacket. In fact maybe my style is not "one" style in particular but rather a mixture of all styles… I work from the heart. Sometimes I have real obsessions and until I find the perfect piece, that's all I think about! I like shifting styles, surprising with a piece, a color, twisting a basic. In my opinion, fashion is a game that should never be taken seriously!

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In mode what do you think always works?

Back To Basic: Jeans (I like those from Acne), boyish shirts, white t-shirts and good old sneakers. I like to be comfortable in my clothes. I can't bear to feel disguised. I think clothes should reflect our personality.

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Gwen is wearing our Les Fleurs du mal sweatshirt in heather blue

Lille at heart, Parisian by adoption! Give us two must-see spots in these two cities?

The choice is difficult because 1000 cool spots come to mind. In Paris, for dinner: "la buvette gastrothèque" in the 9th arrondissement. With Grego* (her lover), it's kind of become our canteen. We love going there to chat, have an aperitif and taste their delicious small plates. The second must-see spot in the capital, in my opinion, is the MERCI concept store! Beautiful, good and good ... I could stroll there for hours.

In Lille, I like to go to Gare St Sauveur. An old disused train station where you can go to party, have a drink, go see an exhibition, listen to a concert... There is always something going on at the St So train station! For my second spot I would tend to say: at home, with the sisters, with friends. I like to go back to Lille to take a break from the Parisian bustle and get back to basics.

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Can't you resist...?

A mega cheese platter accompanied by a good glass of red wine.

I'm going to need good books, what do you advise me to read imperatively?

This summer I went to Croatia for a week. I loved my trip and I think the book the "chorus of women" contributed to my happiness. A funny book, full of emotions and a lot of humanity!

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Finally, what is your leitmotif?

Feet on the ground, head in the stars.

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Thank you Gwen***