The Aesthete: Laurence Dacade talks more personal taste

The footwear designer concludes her list of likes with the free spirit of Venice Beach, Ray-Bans and her grandmother’s engagement ring

Laurence Dacade at home in Paris
Laurence Dacade at home in Paris | Image: Emmanuel Fradin

My style icon is no one particular woman. My mother has very good taste and I always ask her for advice, but I am often inspired by the women I meet or just see in the street; everything from their skin colour to their general allure and way of wearing clothes can influence me.

Byredo Encens Chembur, La Tulipe and Rose Noir, all £95 for 50ml EDP
Byredo Encens Chembur, La Tulipe and Rose Noir, all £95 for 50ml EDP

The best souvenirs I’ve brought home recently are some sculptured heads made with animal bones, from Tahiti. They are as wild and romantic as the island itself. 

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The beauty staple I’m never without is fragrance. I love mixing scents of a certain character: patchouli, amber, black rose, wood and pepper are my favourite notes. At present, I’m using Byredo’s Encens Chembur, La Tulipe and Rose Noir; Comme des Garçons’ Jaisalmer or Kyoto incenses; Tom Ford’s Oud Minérale or Oud Wood; and Odin No 8 (Seylon), 9 (Posala) and 10 (Roam). Byredo Encens Chembur, La Tulipe and Rose Noir, all £95 for 50ml EDP; byredo.co.uk. Comme des Garçons’ Jaisalmer and Kyoto, both £65 for 50ml EDT; libertylondon.com. Odin No 8 (Seylon), 9 (Posala) and 10 (Roam), all $165 for 100ml EDP; odinedt.com. Tom Ford Oud Minérale and Oud Wood, both £158 for 50ml EDP; harveynichols.com

Dacade’s grandmother’s diamond engagement ring
Dacade’s grandmother’s diamond engagement ring | Image: Emmanuel Fradin

In my fridge you’ll always find the ingredients of a quick and delicious Italian supper: fresh pasta, courgettes, mozzarella and capers from Pantelleria.

Sculpted head made from animal bones brought back from Tahiti by Dacade
Sculpted head made from animal bones brought back from Tahiti by Dacade | Image: Emmanuel Fradin

The best gift I’ve given recently was 18 small gifts for my nephew’s 18th birthday. Each one represented who he is in some way. 

Eames House in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Eames House in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles | Image: Alamy

The best book I’ve read in the past year is The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice by Judith Mackrell. It’s about three famously eccentric women from different countries – Italy, the UK and the USA – who successively owned what is now known as the Guggenheim Palace. I love the way it portrays these strong, fascinating women.

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An object I would never part with is my grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. I wear it every day. 

The person I rely on for personal wellbeing is Aria Crescendo, my yoga teacher. She makes it fun and has a great energy that always inspires me. Price on request; ariusyoga.com.

If I didn’t live in Paris, the city I would live in is Los Angeles. Venice Beach has great style and a wonderfully free spirit. Destroyer is the coolest restaurant with super-healthy, tasty food. The Rose Bowl fleamarket has fabulous vintage finds, and is like a huge party. I think the Eames House is the most inspiring example of mid-20th-century design and living space, and the Getty Museum has both a spectacular setting and stunning art. Destroyer, 3578 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, 90232 (destroyer.la). Eames House and Foundation, 203 North Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, 90272 (eamesfoundation.org). J Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, 90049 (getty.edu/museum). Rose Bowl Fleamarket, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 91103 (rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx). venicebeach.com

An indulgence I would never forgo is picking up multiple pairs of sunglasses, particularly Ray-Bans. Sunglasses are very personal; they shape the face and show individuality. I love the round, 1970s-style lenses. I travel so much I often pick up a new pair at an airport, or when I visit vintage shops. I recently found some neon-pink ones in Miami that fold in on themselves. I must own over 30 pairs and always have some on me, rain or shine. Ray-Ban sunglasses, from £108; ray-ban.com.

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a journalist travelling the world, meeting people and telling their stories.      

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