By Marie-Christin Tripolt

 

Francesca Barrow is a typical girl boss: independent, ambitious, strong and elegant. She knows luxury brands like the back of her hand and they, in turn, know her as well. To her, being in the fashion industry doesn’t mean anything – staying there, however, shows raw talent, experience and dedication. With Jute Fashion Magazine the CEO and Design Curator talked about her anti-blog blog “Girl in Style”, what luxury means to her and how she got where she is today.

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What is it exactly that you are doing? What are your tasks?

I am a Design Curator; the CEO and Founder of Façonner. I work with the most beautiful luxury fashion and lifestyle brands in the world and exhibit their designs in our residential London space – and creatively direct photo shoots.

What does a typical working day look like for you?

There really is no typical day. When I’m putting together a photo shoot, my office is a mess of mood boards and drawings outlining my vision – if I’m writing for Girl in Style, then I am dedicated to my sketchpad and writing from the heart.

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What’s the main purpose of “Girl in Style”?

The main purpose is really to bring old-world appreciation for beauty back in the midst of our social media obsessed world. Girl in Style is a sensical voice in an often oversaturated market.

You pointed out that your blog was more of an anti-blog. What do you exactly mean by that? What is the most outstanding difference between “Girl in Style” and a random blog?

That it comes from a place of experience and is commissioned together with the brands themselves. I’ve been in this industry for ten years and my company for seven; and in that time know a lot of my peers are growing increasingly weary of those who solely aim to gain notoriety through blogging and social media without any actual experience from within the design-industry. So, Girl in Style is (humorously) anti-blog in the sense that she’s a traditionalist who values the integrity and nitty-gritty of fashion in a ‘feel-fabric’ way as well as the ‘view-it-through-a-screen’ way.

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What’s your background story? Where does your interest in fashion and luxury come from?

It’s a very organic thing; I’ve always been an acutely aesthetic person. I appreciate the rarity of luxury – the artisanal aspects; craftsmanship and stories that are the foundation of creating a piece. I adore beautiful things and just very instinctively know how to put them together.

How did you get started as an entrepreneur and blogger?

It all began with work experience at Tatler Magazine and went on and on from there. I was already immersed in the industry with the support of my mentors when I launched Façonner. I started ‘Notes of a Girl in Style’ to be freely collaborative with the brands I was already working with – and to create something insightful.

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What does luxury mean to you?

Something rare and exceptionally beautiful.

How would you describe your own style?

 A Luxury.

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How did you manage that all the famous brands (like Dior or Manolo Blahnik) found enough interest to collaborate with you?

I gained notoriety for my work as a curator; my eye; the way I put things together which I suppose is most evident through my photo shoots. From the beginning, I very solely worked with luxury brands and couture though putting on my own fashion shows and directing photo shoots. But I never really started small – I expected great things from myself.

What are your goals for 2018?

I feel really ready to start collaborating on designs now with some of my favorite brands – and the launch of my charity initiative is also a big goal! My wish is for Girl in Style to get to continue documenting all of her unabashedly honest way! But most of all, just to stay healthy – that’s the most important thing.

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What is one lesson that you had to learn over all these years?

Not to waste time on people who will take all of yours and give none of theirs.

What do you think is it that gets people so hooked on luxury items?

 I think the aspirational aspect of luxury is very addictive.

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If a college student came to you and asked you for advice how to get in the fashion business, what would your answer be? 

As difficult as it is, because you will be tempted to want to just ‘get there’ as fast as possible, stay dedicated to creating work of substance (it is always valued) – the industry is ever-changing and if you’re just following what everyone else is doing, you’ll be in and out within 5 years. And always, always be courteous, humble and persistent.

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