#MondayMentors: Claire Thomson-Jonville, @CTJcreative & Self-Service Magazine
Recently, I read that Claire Thomson-Jonville would wear ‘sneakers and a tuxedo’ for the rest of her life if she could. Ever since, I’ve known that Claire, a Scot in Paris / former editor of Self-Service, was a woman after my own heart.
After looking into her background a little more, however, I’ve learned that her coolness goes far beyond perfect-fitting suits and an enviable line up of Nike Off-White trainers. Alongside her incredible aesthetic, she has wholly embraced the culture and style of Paris (she’s Scottish), and created iconic work (like this and this), all while having an adorable family with her French husband.
Similar to Eva Chen, the subject of last week’s blog post, she’s unwilling to be pigeonholed. Although she’s passionate about being a ‘fashion editor’, she has a real eye for interior design, and even collaborated (they’re still available online) with French tailoring brand Pallas on a range of suits – which she ACTUALLY wears. On top of this, she’s even launching a television show, AND a creative agency CTJ Creative.
While she clearly works hard, and chases after having a multi-slash life (influencer / editor / creative), her quiet confidence is reaffirmed through both her social media presence and what she says in interviews. Among the highlights? Her belief that it’s important to work hard quietly, and to recognize the egos and noise ever-present in social media as what they are – egos and noise.
That’s it for this week! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Claire as much as I’ve enjoyed discovering her work! I would love to know: who do you admire in the industry? Be sure to share your thoughts on Instagram to @fashionoriginatorspodcast , and see you this FRIDAY with a new audio episode.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy my interview with @weareinterlaced founder Kristina Dimitrova: