1 - How did you happen to create the Sequana collection?
I arrived in France in 1979 and for years I found the interiors of houses a bit monotonous, with little personality. In order to “not go wrong”, we decorated the rooms in a very neutral way, using mainly white, a color that, in my opinion, has little soul and personality.
It was certainly the fashion of the time but monochrome and the lack of color were inconceivable to me! I wanted to create Sequana without being influenced by trends, remaining myself, driven by an unconditional love of vibrant and saturated colors.
2 - How did you come up with the idea of designing a collection of Donegal wool fabrics?
I’m originally from Ireland and tweed fabric is an integral part of my background. Everyone has a tweed jacket, cap or garment. The weaving is done in Donegal, a region still wild, located in the north of Ireland towards the Atlantic, a sublime place. Every vacation or weekend with my family, I couldn’t resist coming home without buying a tweed piece. So color and tweed have always been a part of my life and it’s quite natural that it became the basis of my inspiration to launch the Sequana collection.
3 - Where does the name “Sequana” come from?
Sequana is the Latin translation of “the Seine”. The name comes from a water goddess, a healer who protected the springs of the Seine in Burgundy in Celtic times. Representing harmony and well-being, her name evoked the values that I was trying to convey in the Sequana spirit.