Chrysoline de Gastines is fond of Paris’ 9th arrondissement. Life in this district reminds her of her home town, Lille; easily accessible, with her Balzac Paris office just a twenty-minute walk away, and with a quiet feel. The apartment that she moved into in April with her husband Victorien and her two little girls, Garance and Colombe, is a haven of peace. On the top floor, with a delightful view over the slate roofs of Paris. The sort of view of which one never tires, day after day. This gentle quality of life, so important to her, is reflected daily in the clothes she dreams up alongside her team of stylists and designers; clothes that are “romantic with a hint of vintage”. A timeless fashion, unaffected by the latest trends. An entire procedure managed in-house, from the first design to the trying-on of a prototype model to ensure a perfect fit. A commitment to European manufacture. So many reasons for the company’s resounding success. Balzac Paris continues to attract new clients who subscribe 100% to the company’s eco-responsible approach. Step into Chrysoline’s world and it all makes sense. The importance of family. Of respect between generations too. So that those to come may have the chance of living the life that she herself has led. Who knows what the future holds in store. A move back to Lille? She smiles. Nods.”Not straight away, but it is planned”. So, before that happens, The Socialite Family are pleased to take you into her world. A world of soft colours, of family photos and of dream-like wallpaper. A world where Colombe’s happy shouts echo the contentment of Garance, an artist at heart, who is carefully painting, A simple life where happiness comes from being together. And that’s everything.
Photography: Valerio Geraci – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily