5 THINGS: Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot

Posted April 04, 2017 by Christina

We loved having the opportunity to work with Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot for the next installment of our 5 Things series. Charlotte is a mother of two, runs a successful modeling agency AND an online shop, Vivi et Margot (named after her two daughters). This woman truly does it all. Charlotte is incredibly inspiring, and such a sweetheart too! Thank you, Charlotte, for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in this series with us!

 

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

 

I grew up in England and moved to America at 23 for a work opportunity. I’ve been in the Modelling Industry for over 20 years as an agent and it really is a passion of mine as it combines all the aesthetics that appeal to me. Photography, art, fashion and design so I’ve never wavered in career choice as I knew I was where I am meant to be.

 

Where do you find inspiration?

 

My obvious and biggest source of inspiration is in France. My husband who is in the home construction field and I bought a property 5 years ago in rural France that we have completely renovated. I don’t think there is a single original wall left standing. While we only spend Summers and Christmas there each year, France awakens a different side of me. Its peaceful there, tranquil, there’s a focus on family , and every day its visually stimulating with the homes, architecture, design and sense of history. It was only last year that I decided to open a store in USA so I could bring a little piece of France back with me to share. I started with Instagram while I was setting everything up and was awe inspired by the design community I discovered. Warm, friendly encouraging like minded women (mainly) that appreciate the French lifestyle.It inspires me and challenges me to think carefully about my image for the store. I was truly inspired  by Kathryn Ireland and her story (her book is called Summers in France) and I felt the similarities to our lives  (British, living in LA, building a home in France, building a family etc). As funny as it sounds watching HGTV House Hunter International motivated me that its not impossible for a foreigner to buy land or property overseas. It was an incredible challenge and one I would do over and over again.

 

Do you work from home?  Office?  Studio?

 

Home. What started out as a small idea/hobby has turned into an incredible small business growing at a rapid speed. I keep everything family based so all the employee help, stock, shipping in onsite. I am a full time working Mother of 2 girls (Vivienne and Margot) and run a very successful Modelling agency The Lions.

 

Are you a City girl or a Country girl?

 

My heart and soul are all Country! Yet my realistic life is City being a career girl. I grew up in Marlborough, Wilshire in England. I lived in London in my early Twenties, NYC for the first 3 years and LA for the past 16 years. The permanent move to France will come in the next 10 years. – like many I dream of being barefoot growing my own vegetables and designing interiors but I think I have a few more years left in my career before that happens!

 

What are you reading right now?

 

With 2 small children under 5, Full time Career, The online store and life in general I hate to admit I don’t have time to read these days. Although I do find time to peruse Instagram. I can get lost in peoples  design ideas, photography and meeting like minded hardworking creative people. I would absolutely recommend to everyone picking up a copy of Kathryns book Summers in France by Kathryn Ireland. One day maybe I’ll have my own book and share my story too?!

 

Website: Vivi et Margot

All images via: @vivietmargot // @charlotte_reiss

 

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6 Comments

Patricia Miller

What a Stlylish Dame you are, such lovely selections. A joy to see your blog

Fri Apr 14 03:21:51 2017

Patricia Miller

What a Stlylish Dame you are, such lovely selections. A joy to see your blog

Fri Apr 14 03:21:05 2017

Leslie Sinclair

Loved the story. Mom mixing it all1 Thanks for sharing!

Wed Apr 5 04:46:36 2017

Penelope Bianchi

Wonderful and authentic……what a treasure! Thank you!!!

Tue Apr 4 21:41:16 2017

Penelope Bianchi

Oh my Lordy! This is a wonderful site! I could probably buy everything on it!
A treasure! Thank you thank you!

Tue Apr 4 21:40:39 2017

Taste of France

Her photos really capture the France I know and love. I will have to check out her IG. Thanks for pointing her out!

Tue Apr 4 06:50:16 2017


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