Michel Roset talks personal taste: Part Two

The Ligne Roset creative director concludes his compendium of desires with London Grammar, Humphrey Bogart and the best design galleries in Paris

Michel Roset at his home in Lyon
Michel Roset at his home in Lyon | Image: Mark C. O'Flaherty

My style icon is Humphrey Bogart. I identify with him and recognise myself in the characters he is known for playing; he has a roughness and he grumbles, but he hides a big heart and a philosophical spirit. Like him, I love classic, well-cut clothes with a hint of casualness.  

The best gift I’ve received recently was a bottle of Chartreuse VEP from my sons. The VEP is a very special aged version of the herb liqueur. I discovered it via my father who was a gastronome. He was always dining in two- or three-Michelin-star restaurants and always had chartreuse after his meal as a digestif. www.absinthes.com.

Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens
Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens

The last meal that truly impressed me was dinner at Chez Terra, a classic Japanese restaurant in Lyon. The food was very pure and authentic and the thing I liked best was that it had all the elements you find in the top restaurants in Tokyo. The sushi, sashimi and tempura were excellent. 81 Rue Duguesclin, 69006 Lyon (+334-7889 0504).

The last albums I downloaded were If You Wait by London Grammar and Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens. I like to listen to London Grammar on my own after I’ve been shopping; it’s emotional but also relaxing. Christine and the Queens is a little like Lana del Rey; the singer, Héloïse Letissier, has a distinctive high pitch to her voice.

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An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Le Pont de Brent, a tiny hotel and restaurant near Lake Geneva. It is family run, with good food and a running track right along the water’s edge. It’s very Swiss, very private. When you spend a lot of time in Paris or London, it’s nice to be Swiss for a few days. Route de Blonay 4, 1817 Brent (+4121-964 5230; www.lepontdebrent.ch).

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is green tea from Tokyo. I always buy some when I go to Japan, from anywhere I can find it. I started drinking it after I stopped smoking; it’s a real pleasure. I also brought back some great Suntory whisky from my last trip, which I gave to my sons.

Michel Roset's bottle of Chartreuse V.E.P. from his sons
Michel Roset's bottle of Chartreuse V.E.P. from his sons | Image: Mark C. O'Flaherty

The person I rely on for personal grooming is hairdresser Patrick Ahmed at Medley Rive Gauche in Paris. He is a true professional in a very competitive industry and I have been seeing him for around 15 years now. I have tested three or four of his hairdressers at both his salons and they have also all been consistently very good. 134 Bouelvard Raspail, 75006 Paris (+331-4326 1759; www.medley.fr).

My favourite room in my house is actually my terrace. It overlooks the Ecole Nationale des Finances Publiques and the hills of Lyon. I am downtown and at weekends no one is around; it’s totally silent. To sit there in the sun, with a cooling breeze, a book and a Campari is perfect.

Michel Roset's bottle of Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
Michel Roset's bottle of Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior | Image: Mark C. O'Flaherty

If I didn’t live in Lyon, the city I would live in is Paris. I love the area around Place Denfert-Rochereau, particularly Rue Daguerre street market that sells food. I like the galleries in the Marais, including Galerie Perrotin, Galerie Kreo, En Attendant les Barbares and Galerie Jousse, which show work by many of the designers I work with. I’ll eat at the very charming Le Duc, with its wood-lined interior – the quality of the fish is consistently near perfect and the service is good. I also like Le Cette, which has a small, reasonably priced menu offering dishes made with quality ingredients and a very kind and curious patron. En Attendant les Barbares, 35 Rue de Grenelle (+331-4222 6525; www.barbares.com). Galerie Jousse, 18 Rue de Seine (+331-4382 1360; www.jousse-entreprise.com). Galerie Kreo, 31 Rue Dauphine (+331-5310 2300; www.galeriekreo.com). Galerie Perrotin, 76 Rue de Turenne (+331-4216 7979; www.perrotin.com). Le Cette, 7 Rue Campagne Première (+331-4321 0547; www.lecette.fr). Le Duc, 243 Boulevard Raspail (+331-4320 9630; www.restaurantleduc.com).

The grooming staple I’m never without is Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage. It was the first fragrance I wore when I was young. In a way, it was my first love. I am not sure if I still wear it for the love I felt for it back then or the fragrance itself. It’s nostalgic. £50 for 100ml EDT; www.dior.com.

Actor Humphrey Bogart wearing a fedora hat and overcoat
Actor Humphrey Bogart wearing a fedora hat and overcoat | Image: Corbis

In my fridge you’ll always find vodka, tonic and Parmesan cheese. I like Parmesan because it’s salty and goes well with an aperitif or red wine. It’s also good for someone like me because it keeps for ages – my wife lives in Paris so I live like a bachelor in Lyon much of the time.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Sèvres-Babylone in Paris. I’d go to Le Bon Marché for bags, Prada for shoes and scarves and Nicolas for wines from the area south of Lyon – Côtes du Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue de Sèvres (+331-4439 8000; www.lebonmarche.com). Nicolas, 26 Rue de la Chaise (+331-4548 5367; www.nicolas.com). Prada, 7 Rue de Grenelle (+331-4548 5314; www.prada.com).

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If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a psychoanalyst. I studied it in the late 1960s, which was a time of great change in the field when they were redefining what it was to be an analyst and looking at new approaches to treatment.

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