Creative Nomad

In the early 2000s, just below Sunset Boulevard, a restaurant/nightspot place opened. It was called Les Deux Cafe, for a few years it was one of those cultural hotspots that emerge and that are, for a while, the centre of ‘action’ in the life of a city. It was hip and definitely a place to be ‘seen’ but it was also friendly and unassuming at the same time. Even the space itself was unique, a bohemian bricolage of spaces, comprised of an existing commercial building, a recycled craftsman house and a Provence garden built on what was once a parking lot. It was opened by Michèle Lamy, a visionary French woman, a most unique human being really. She began her career as a lawyer, was mentored by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, was involved in the ‘68 protests in Paris, created a fashion line, and a restaurant, a club, a jewelry line, married designer Rick Owens, on and on. She is a force to be reckoned with, a woman with a singular vision about creativity, about life in general. Inspired by the Masai and other nomadic cultures she has developed her own way of being a 21st century nomad. I’ve attached a short podcast from the Business of Fashion podcast where she talks a bit about her life and her take on what it means to be creative and lead an iconoclastic life like hers.