The Aesthete: Fanny Moizant talks personal taste

Fanny Moizant, whose luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective opens its first bricks-and-mortar store in Selfridges this autumn, dips into ’80s Alaïa and probiotic supplements

Fanny Moizant at home in Hong Kong
Fanny Moizant at home in Hong Kong | Image: Inga Beckmann

My personal style signifier is a Breton top. I grew up in the south of France, where people wear the marinière all the time; it has been my go-to from a young age. I have a collection of about 15 of them, but my favourite is a simple, long-sleeved cotton version by Chanel. chanel.com.

The feather crown Moizant brought back from Brazil
The feather crown Moizant brought back from Brazil | Image: Inga Beckmann

The last item of clothing I bought and loved was an oversized Burberry trench coat in khaki. I’d been looking for one for a while, but I wanted something a bit different from the classic beige and had seen this style on one of my friends in Paris. Similar from £62; vestiairecollective.com

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The items of clothing I’ll keep to pass on are my mum’s Alaïa pieces from the ’80s, including a blue denim suit with super-huge shoulders, very fitted at the waist. I barely wear it, but I love it because it represents my childhood.maison-alaia.com.

Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola | Image: Getty Images

The best souvenir I’ve brought home recently is an incredible feather crown from Brazil, where they were made for weddings. I bought it from a friend of my brother who was moving and he couldn’t take it with him. It’s such a beautiful object. 

Comfort Woman by Meshell Ndegeocello
Comfort Woman by Meshell Ndegeocello

My style icons are Vanessa Paradis and Sofia Coppola – strong, low-key, smart women. They have different styles, but in both cases it’s simple, chic and effortless. I love people who don’t look as if they work on their style, even if they obviously do.

Miraval rosé wine
Miraval rosé wine

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Pierre Soulages, specifically his Outrenoir [“Beyond Black”] paintings. He only uses black paint, but manages to create light: it’s an amazing thing to see. My husband Michael bought me a small piece, but I do love his huge paintings, which are completely unaffordable.

La Fromagerie in London’s Marylebone
La Fromagerie in London’s Marylebone

The last albums I bought were Jamie Cullum’s Catching Tales and Meshell Ndegeocello’s Comfort Woman. When I lived in London I went to Ronnie Scott’s a lot. Jazz reminds me of that time. ronniescotts.co.uk. 

Aime French Glow capsules
Aime French Glow capsules

In my fridge you’ll always find seasonal, organic vegetables. Since we’ve been in Hong Kong, we have lots of exotic fruits – mangosteen, pineapple and dragonfruits. And there is always wine. I like Miraval rosé, as it’s easy to drink and the bottle is beautiful. From £19.99; miraval.com.

Powerful by Patty McCord
Powerful by Patty McCord

A recent “find” is Aime, a new boutique in Paris that sells amazing capsules of plant extracts, vitamins and probiotics created with nutritionist Valérie Espinasse. They give you a fantastic glow. aime.co.

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The accessory I’m eyeing next is a vintage edition of the little Constance bag from Hermès. I am very specific in my tastes and I want one in navy-blue canvas, edged in tan leather. I’ve been looking for months, but they are not easy to find. hermes.com.

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Sri Lanka. I fell in love with it. We stayed at the Heritance Tea Factory, a beautiful hotel in a Nuwara Eliya plantation, where we could watch the sun rising and the women picking tea in the fields. From £109; heritancehotels.com

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Marylebone, which was where I hung out when I lived in London. We often went to La Fromagerie for bread, cheeses and ham. I rarely shop in physical stores for fashion, but I like the selection at Matchesfashion.com. lafromagerie.co.uk. matchesfashion.com

The best book I’ve read in the past year is Powerful by Patty McCord, who was head of talent at Netflix – it’s full of tips that I have shared with my team. She explains how people are more important than anything else in an organisation.

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