Grew up all over the world. After studying communications and
journalism, ended up writing about art and then fashion in New York.
Decided to bring the designers she loved to Switzerland and opened
SEPTIEME ETAGE in July 2000. She lives in Geneva and sets time aside
to keep traveling. She likes to work on her days off.
Our cool as a cucumber manager. She will ride in on her bike, answer
three shipping queries, find you THE dress for your sister's wedding,
give you a honest rundown of the latest rock concerts, resolve an
insurance overcharge , calculate the salaries, change light bulbs on a
4 meter high ladder, crack some great jokes, smoke a pack of
Parisiennes, all before her morning coffee break. She was born as the
designated driver, and has to fend off people trying to give her their
Zoe is our blonde English Rose with a Swiss Twist. Stylish right down to her fingertips, she has a thing for rings and the Hotel Crillon, and is titillated by teckels. If you do not see her on the shopfloor she is either styling and snapping away in the photostudio for our website, or vacationing in Montenegro, or is zipping through the snow on her snowboard. After years in London, where she picked up a Bachelor in Fashion Design developed her British accent, and worked for All Saints, Zoe blew us away with a paper-boat installation, and is now adding her merchandising wiz touches and buying skills to our SEPTIEME ETAGE team. We might add that she singlehandedly built the best webarchive for Mayle on Pinterest, got the entire team hooked on "Downtown Abbey", and she also bakes a wickedly scrumptious apple pie.
Dawn is our in-house Britchick. She can style you like Kate Moss,
knows all about the latest “Hello!” stories, and since she is really
nice she will divulge secret locations for gathering marmite and share
her styling resources for her curly headed boy Dexy.
Combined we speak French, English, German, and a bit of Italian. If
those are not your means of communication we will gladly point at
things and will be there if you need help, an honest opinion, or just
Carol hails from NY, worked for 9 years at PAPER magazine as a creative
director and writer, and loves making ceramic wonders in Alexander Wang
gowns. When she is not creating porcelain miracles, she is now
delicately composing most funky texts and visuals for our site. We make
her try on every piece before she writes about it -it is a tough job,
but Carol handles it with grace and humor, and we know she can
persevere (she beat several customers to our prettiest grey wooly hat).
Our window wizard. An artist, filmmaker, former Margiela model, and
gallerist, she is an invaluable resource for brilliant ideas, bananas,
lobsters, and if need be, a hospital bed. She knows just where to get
a steel plate cut, and her first window project for us involved the
Grimm fairy tales entirely made of gingerbread.
The definition of “sassy” in our dictionary. Sweetnaturedly organized
11 years of photographs from events and fashionshows into rose covered
albums, reviewed our press files, and re-styled our mannequins.
We knew her when she was building butterfly houses when she was six.
This budding artist and photographer is now following into her mother
Arianne’s creative footsteps, and took time from preparing for her
exams to help us take 500 pictures of clothes and of the kites we flew
in the park. One to watch!
Discovered during our private school casting for the Lorick
fashion show a few years back, Katherine has since started to study
Communication Design at Parson’s School of Design in New York. She has cheerfully
spent most of her summer vacation inputting and designing pages for
our website while we were taking care of running the store and having
ice cream. Has a gift for asking all the right questions and then
finding the answers on her own. She just raised the bar for future
interns to Mount Everest.