MO: Tell us about your process. How are the pieces designed and created? How long does it take?
PR: First I come up with the main inspiration. I then research pictures and cultural references, as well as new materials for sun/ rain/ cold. Once I’ve made my selection, I put the vision together to brief the atelier so that we can start working on each piece individually by hand.
MO: How would you define your personal style?
PR: Eclectic, bipolar, radical...! I can be very extreme: it’s either flats or very high shoes, no make-up or very dark cherry lipstick…. It changes depending on my daily mood.
MO: You live in Paris, was it the current hat trend there?
PR: If you know let me know…! But to answer your question, I would say I recognize style archetypes for each city. I’d say Paris is less daring and more classic than a city like London, for example.
MO: Most people want to take hats on holiday, yet packing them can be a nightmare. Do you have any tips on how to pack a hat?
PR: Buy a MM hat! We specifically design them to be very supple and easy to carry in a bag. That’s the way a hat should be today: soft and supple.
MO: In less than 50 years, we’ve seen the number of people wearing hats decline as dress codes have relaxed. Does the fact that people no longer need to wear them influence your designs?
PR: I try to give as many options as possible so that everyone can find their happiness in our offering. Relaxed outfits can still be "hatted." The cap or bucket hat is a good casual option.
MO: What is the secret to looking cool in a hat?
PR: When you feel great wearing it.