Clare Waight Keller talks personal taste: Part One

As creative director of Chloé, British designer Clare Waight Keller is bringing a cool tomboy edge to the brand’s carefree Parisian femininity

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My personal style signifier is a trio of bracelets I wear every single day – a hand-knotted friendship bracelet from my twin daughters, a worn Hermès Hook bracelet I’ve had for years and a Chloé double-ring Carly bracelet that I designed. €450;

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The last thing I bought and loved was a picture of a nude model and a monkey called Marmoset by the American photographer Ryan McGinley. I’m a huge fan of his surreal and mystical work; we collaborated on Pringle of Scotland’s ad campaign with Tilda Swinton five years ago, and have stayed in touch ever since.


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a new car. I’ve had the same one for 10 years and it is beaten up from parking in Paris’s narrow, overcrowded streets. I’d love a vintage Range Rover, either a classic model or a Defender. I drive a lot so I need something robust.

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is a Thai island called Yao Noi, part of the Ko Yao archipelago east of Phuket. It has white sandy beaches and mind-blowing scenery; I’ve never seen anything quite so close to paradise. It felt untouched, spiritual and very holistic.

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is photographs. I take them with my iPhone, a Polaroid camera I’ve had for years and, because my family love snorkelling and scuba-diving, a fantastic, indestructible underwater Fuji FinePix XP70 camera I bought in Japan. £150;

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An object I would never part with is my Cartier rose-gold men’s watch on a black crocodile strap. I wear it every day and I took about six months to choose it. I wore my last watch for 15 years so wanted something timeless, super-elegant and, now that I live in Paris, a French brand.

The last meal that truly impressed me was salmon sashimi followed by a light and beautifully balanced rice pudding at Yam’Tcha, a tiny French-Chinese restaurant with only about six tables in the first arrondissement. It serves traditional Chinese food like nothing I’ve tasted before, and I love that it has a tea-tasting menu as well as alcohol. 4 Rue Sauval, 75001 Paris (+331-4026 0807;


An indulgence I would never forego is chocolate. In San Francisco I go to Poco Dolce for thick slabs of dark chocolate; in Paris it’s Patrick Roger, or Jacques Genin for delicious caramel; in London I go to Rococo for really fantastic sea-salt wafers. Jacques Genin, 133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris (+331-4577 2901; Patrick Roger, 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris (+331-4329 3842; Poco Dolce, 2419 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (+1415-255 1443; Rococo Chocolate, 321 King’s Road, London SW3 (020-7352 5857;

The last accessory I added to my wardrobe was an early-1980s Chanel black cuff with a beaded cross. There’s a great dealer in Marché Serpette who sells beautiful old jewellery from the late 1970s and 1980s, and a good mix of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacroix, Schiaparelli, Miriam Haskell and many more. 110 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (+336-6062 6190;

The beauty staples I’m never without are Dr Jackson and cult British skincare brand SkinCeuticals, which are both great. In Paris I’ve learnt to use liquid vitamins on my face, such as magnesium and copper, which are very nourishing. I also love Mad et Len fragrances, which come in beautiful black bottles and are really extraordinary; they’re only sold in a few places, but I get mine at L’Eclaireur. Dr Jackson, L’Eclaireur, 29 Bis Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris (+331-4478 8180;

My favourite apps are Tunepics, which is like Instagram with music; Visual Thesaurus for writing at work; GuidePal, which is great for travelling; and iTranslate, which is very

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