Thursday Q&A with designer Renee Levesque
For more than 25 years, Renée Lévesque has been designing and creating exquisite jewelry. Her designs are inspired by the latest trends from Montreal and Europe. Her passion for jewelry shows in her contemporary yet elegant creations. She designs her handmade jewelry in her studios in Montréal and Ottawa.
OCS: Who are your style icons?
RL: Coco Chanel, but I love anything by Alber Elbaz and Marc Jacobs.
OCS: What’s on your bedside table?
RL: My iPad and water
OCS: Best home accessory?
RL: My antique gold chandelier
OCS: Best recent fashion find?
RL: A necklace pendant that becomes a pair of glasses!
OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?
RL: I know it’s tacky, but probably Oprah Winfrey.
OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?
RL: Anything by Beethoven
OCS: What’s your earliest memory?
RL: Playing with Barbies
OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?
RL: I went to a club once with my dad’s pyjamas on when I was 18. It actually turned out really cool!
OCS: Proudest moments?
RL: When I opened my first store at age 20 and bought the building!
OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?
RL: My antique couch I’m re-upholstering
OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?
RL: A great sense of humour
OCS: For whom would you most like to design?
RL: Coco Chanel
OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).
RL: To spend a full day in the Chanel Bijoux Atelier with no interruptions!
OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?
OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above, and doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?
RL: Zen B (fashion designer from Montreal)
OCS: Best book you read in the past year?
RL: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
OCS: Favourite food?
RL: Salad and good bread
OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?
RL: I don’t have an iPod
OCS: Wine, beer or both?
OCS: Mac or PC?
OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?
RL: Fine dining
OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?
RL: Ei8hteen on York Street
OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?
RL: The Rideau Canal
OCS: Fave blog or website?
OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?
OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?
OCS: Favourite place to spend time?
RL: In the woods with my dog JD
OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?
RL:As a good designer/ business woman