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Photo courtesy Jean-Claude Biver.
Jean-Claude Biver is known for many things. The CEO of TAG Heuer, President of the LVMH Watch Division and also Chairman of Hublot, rejuvenating the Blancpain, placing Omega brand watch on James Bond and is known for his own exclusive cheese, yes cheese. Biver's cheese is made from milk collected only during a short few week period of the year when the cows aren't grazing on grass, but rather flowers. The milk is heated over an open fire using hand-cut wood and then aged for the entire summer. Biver's farm produces around five tons per year, but he doesn't sell any of it. Instead, he gives it out to friends and family. How amazing is that? Today we talk to Jean-Claude Biver about his career in watch industry and his passion in making cheese.
C: Can you describe to us a childhood experience, which influenced your business career, especially your relation with watch industry?
JCB: I tried to enter the world of work after my studies without getting ever the impression to work. In order to achieve this, I believed I had to combine work and passion in one. As my passion was for steam machines as a boy, I believed that this toy would become once adult a watch. That’s why I joined the watch industry and got my first job ever in a watch brand.
C: Could you give us an insight into the creative process behind TAG Heuer?
JCB: The creative process is a mind game, creativity must come from the CEO and must be everywhere (like water falling down from the top to the bottom). To be more precise the creativity process really starts with our R&D boss and myself. We exchange constantly ideas nearly on a 24hours base 7 days on 7. Then we have at different levels people who try to transform ideas in reality and then we have people who are implementing the processes, the ideas, products etc.
C: Which philosopher has inspired you throughout your career? Why?
JCB: Khalil Gibran inspired me when I read «The Prophet» because I realized on a very simply and down to earth what was important in life. I was also inspired by Jacques Lafontaine who tells you through poems how human being behave.
C: What is a good personal experience in defining your Swiss Alps cheese?
JCB: My cheese is a piece of history of Swiss Tradition and goes back to the 14th Century. I love connecting back to the past and believe that with my cheese we have a wonderful product to experience Swiss Tradition and Swiss History.
C: What are your challenges?
JCB: My challenge is to leave my business one day with the impression having done my best and having left traces of love among my people. I am working on that project everyday and it is giving me hard time.
C: What is the single most inspiring video you have seen addressing today’s biggest challenges, which include: climate change, food security, poverty reduction, and quality of life for all?
JCB: Everybody, every human being living on Planet Earth should see the documentary made by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent called - Demain.
C: What role does music play in your cheese process inspiration?
JCB: Its an essential asset and component of our tradition and of our cheese. Without our traditional mountain music, I believe the cheese would not be the same and would not taste the same.
C: Was there a particular human exchange you can describe which inspired you towards taking charitable action regarding the causes you love?
JCB: No, there was nothing particular and its just my conscience and my age which is helping me to become slightly wiser and see things from another perspective.
C: What advice can you share with the world on the importance of empowering others to reach one’s full potential? How do you empower others in your daily life?
JCB: The most important factor in life is to share. We are all born through a sharing process of a women who during nine month has shared with us her body, her blood, her oxygen, her pain, her doubt, her joy and her hope. That’s why it so important that once we are born we can give back all the love we got and which helped us to get born. This explanation of Love is clear like water and there cannot be a single doubt that Love is all we need.
C: Would you describe yourself as a spiritual person? If so can you share with us one of your more profound spiritual experiences?
JCB: No, I just love Planet Earth and I love people. That’s enough to be a good person ! I like simplicity and I am not a technocrat, but rather a pragmatic lover of life and people.
C: What is your message to entrepreneurs who struggle to launch their ideas?
JCB: Have the courage to be wrong, have the courage to change mind, have the courage to listen, to learn, have the courage to be yourself, don’t crack under pressure and trust yourself
C: How is a normal day for Jean-Claude Biver? Which are your hobbies?
JCB: My main hobby is my job (thanks God), but I also have my family, my sport, my wine, my cheese and my friends as hobbies. That’s why 24 hours a day are not enough for me.
C: What is your greatest hope for the future? What is next for Jean-Claude Biver?
JCB: My hope and my goal is to die naked, meaning that I have given back everything I received in life. My love, my passion, my experience, my visions and my hope.
C: How would you like to be remembered?
JCB: As a man who loved people, who respected people and who shared with people.
C: Who are your top three living thought leaders?
JCB: Mr. Bernard Arnault and Elon Musk.
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Juliet: How did you get into tv hosting?
Carly: Gosh that question requires a long and convoluted answer. Asthe honest answer is I never intended to get into TV hosting, it was always film I wanted to pursue. The abbreviated version is after graduating from University in England with a law degree, I was very young when I graduated and took what is popularly referred to as a ‘gap year’ and ended up working at Vogue in NYC and never went back to England or law! I really enjoyed the glamour and interviewing people and the day of the Met Ball I met Giuliana from E! News --- after a quick chat she kindly set me up with an interview at E! and I ended up applying for an entry level producer position there and moving to LA. After a year I transitioned to on-air – my first interview was with Richard Gere and I just took to it quite quickly and loved it, so from there I started hosting for a digital site then became a film expert for TV Guide Network. From there I worked up to becoming a correspondent for the Live Awards show red carpet coverage, then a host. The Royal Wedding was the first time I got to anchor and after 4 years there I started hosting for The Insider then Entertainment Tonight. Along the way I've done quite a few acting jobs and sold a show with Lionsgate so things continue to evolve.
Juliet: Your new show "Jet to the Set" such a fresh idea for TV. Tell us a little bit about it. Who came up with it?
Carly: My co-creator and co-host Laurie Feltheimer and I were having lunch at the Cannes Film Festival 2 years ago and we’d been talking for a while about wanting to work together as we had done a couple of shoots in the past and have great on-air chemistry which can be rare for 2 female hosts together. We decided an ideal vehicle for us would be the combination of Laurie’s Hot in Hollywood company concept which takes hot Hollywood trends and translates it for every woman, and my background in film and TV and interviewing, plus our combined love of travel. And from that, JET TO THE SET was born. I was a brand ambassador for a well-known hotel company for a few years and through that learned that there was a microcosm of tourism where people wanted to travel to iconic film and TV locations, and not only visit those places and take selfies, but also go to all the hotspots – stay where the stars stayed, ate where the stars ate – drink what they drank, and hang out where they hung out in their down time. It’s a way of getting cool local knowledge through the eyes of celebrity and productions. So the concept is essentially travelling like the stars and living like the movie, both on set and off, and showing that even seemingly nondescript locations in the US can be as glamorous and cool as international jet setting, as there are so many hidden treasures at these locations that are attainable and don’t require spending a lot of money to visit. Laurie and I are on a Thelma and Louise style escapade exploring all of these aspects and the stars themselves are our tour guides so we explore these things with them in a fun, adventurous way.
Juliet: What is the best part of working on this show?
Carly: The best part of working on this show is getting to work with Laurie who is one of the most incredible, inspiring and fun women I know, so to share these adventures with her is the best! And also to go on mad cap adventures themselves – I like doing things with an element of danger and discomfort and this show enables me to explore that. I also love that we can show fans really cool places to go that I didn’t know existed and I’m such a huge film fan that to visit and spend time in the actual locations – I geek out over that every time!
Juliet: Let's talk about fashion. You are a red carpet regular. Whose style do you absolutely love?
Carly: I love Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson – they nail sexy feminine elegance with a twist.
Juliet: Who is your favorite designer?
Carly: Alice & Olivia – Stacey Bendet creates the perfect blend of vintage inspired feminine with an edge which is very much my style.
Juliet: Leather or lace?
Carly: Both! And sometimes together. I love a prim and proper DVF or Dolce & Gabbana lace dress juxtaposed with a shrunken soft leather moto jacket and ankle biker boots.
Juliet: How do you take off pressure before going out on the red carpet or in front of ET cameras?
Carly: As I’m British I would say a great source of calm is a good long hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender. I also love going to Pilates classes on the reformer, hiking in the hills (beautiful scenery always helps give perspective) a massage or, if I’m brutally honest, watching The Real Housewives shows on Bravo – I’m obsessed and it requires absolutely no cerebral activity so you can just switch off for an hour which is very relaxing. I also find that researching and preparing for shoots keeps me calm as the more I prepare, the more excited and confidant I feel about the shoot. To me, there is no such thing as being too prepared, unless you get overwhelmed.
Juliet: Who was your favorite interviewee and why?
Carly: Another tough question because everyone I meet and interview has a unique quality that I enjoy. My most memorable interviews are my first ever one - Richard Gere – such an elegant, charming gentleman, he put me at ease, I loved chatting with him and that interview cemented pursuing this career, Kate Hudson is a repeated favorite because if you could ever pick the ultimate gal pal to be friends with it would be her – she is so fun to be around, has an incredible energy, she just lights up every room and you have a great time with her.
Juliet: You were handpicked by Tom Cruise to fly with him on his jet for two international press tours co-hosting IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION premiere. What was it like? Tom Cruise! Insane! Were you nervous?
Carly:Hosting the Mission Impossible Rogue Nation NYC premiere was initially quite a daunting task because it was coming off the back of a fast paced European tour, I was jetlagged and we shut down Times Square. It was Live, and being on a huge podium, broadcast on Jumbotrons to tens of thousands of people, just a sea of faces, was quite overwhelming. I don’t do a lot of audience interaction / addressing crowds, so keeping them warmed up and entertained, is a very different format to simply talking to an actor and the camera. It was the closest thing I’ve experience to a rock concert, and that’s a testament to the star power of Tom Cruise. But I wasn’t nervous about working with Tom himself because he has such a magnetic energy, a lovely, gallant quality that instantly puts you at ease, so when he arrived and came up on the stage I was relieved because he is in his element at addressing the crowd, and the pressure was off me. He’s one of the most inspiring people I‘ve had the privilege to encounter.
Juliet: What do you think your secret is in being a successful tv host, interviewer?
Carly: Hosting and interviewing are two very different skills, and to be successful in this industry you must master both. I would say my strength is interviewing because that’s where I started, and the best advice I can give is to be interested in your interview subject, make it about them, not you, your top priority is to make them feel comfortable and put them at ease so they have a good time and to connect with them on a deeper level. Really listen to what they are saying throughout, instead of thinking of your next question (or if someone is talking in your ear via IFB) as that is where you can have a real moment with that person and get the gold. And no matter what is going on around you during the interview – whether you are on a red carpet with screaming fans and photographers, or in a room full of people, block all of that out and create a bubble around you and your subject so that it feels like it’s just the two of you. Make sure you use your intuition to feel them out, and see where they are at energy-wise then match your energy to an appropriate level and then you can bring them to where you need to be through your own energy. People react to genuine thoughts and emotions – don’t be fake, and don’t talk over your interview subject as that not only annoys your editor, but also your audience, who are ultimate tuning in to hear them, not you. In terms of advice for hosting overall – connect with the camera and your audience, don’t be afraid to be yourself, but always be mindful of your audience and respectful of who you are talking to, and above all – tenacity is imperative (and try not to take things too personally).
Juliet: Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette, a spoiled #Chanel pussy whose maids pamper her every need as her own book. Do you think she's got competition?
Carly: Well, there is no competition, Khaleesi is clearly the superior feline in every respect ;-). Well, I like to think so at least. She may not fly private but she is treated like a princess in every other way. She is Siberian and therefore hypo-allergenic, has stunning fur and features, but more importantly she has the most incredible personality – playful, mischievous and insightful and very, very funny, we are very similar in a lot of ways and she has changed my life, she is great company! Everyone who meets her is won over, even people who normally prefer dogs. No matter where I go in the world, no matter how glamorous, nothing compares to being back in LA with Khaleesi. There is a reason ancient Egyptians worshipped cats! They are incredible, and being a single girl with a cat should not be stigmatized.
Juliet:What is next for Carly Steel?
Carly: Gosh that is an excellent question – every day is different and things keep shifting, which is kind of how I like it. In addition to continuing correspondent duties for ET, I’m working on some more scripted projects and building my production company and producing more unscripted content too. That is definitely going to be a focus for 2016. And I’m excited for my movies to come out too!
Photos by Lauri Levenfeld
To learn more about behind the scenes story of Carly Steel, visit The Project For Women.
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The youngest daughter of music legend Diana Ross, Chudney Lane Silberstein is a mom to the adorable three year old Callaway Lane and an owner of a little bookstore gem in Santa Monica, called Books and Cookies, where Chudney teaches music class to toddlers. I sat down with Chudney at her Santa Monica store to talk about her life, her business and her personal style.
J. You started as a model. What inspired you to open kid's bookstore business?
CR: I was actually a teacher first! I taught for 3 years in the Washington DC and Los Angeles Unified public school district. When I retired from teaching (at 22 years old), I was focusing on trying to be and writer and got an opportunity to try modeling, as well. Though, I had a few exciting opportunities on runways in LA and NYC, I truly was never very successful as a model, but it gave me the opportunity to find confidence in my beauty, to walk a little taller and strut more gracefully. In the end, I knew my life would steer back to working with children as it did!
J: You are the youngest daughter of legendary Diana Ross. Was your mother your role model when you were growing up?
CR: My mother has always been my role model. I am constantly in awe of her strength, talent and beauty. She is a hardworking, passionate, loving independent woman, which I too strive to be.
J: Is she your role model for style?
CR: My mother is known for her style for the stage. She does costume changes of sequins, sparkles and extravagant ball gowns. I was always in dazzled by how she shined on stage, but took to a much more understated style of my own. I do love to get dressed up in pretty dresses, though and I got to play with a bigger, more extravagant version of my style at my recent wedding (this past June in Maui). I worked with the amazingly talented designer Lazaro on a custom two-piece ball gown with ornate gold leafing. It was spectacular!
J: Do you follow fashion trends ?
CR: I love to watch fashion trends, but I would only follow the ones that suit my body type! You would never find me in a crop top or high waisted, booty baring shorts. I do love however, to try new things and see what is hot right now.
J: I heard your voice in the music class for kids at your bookstore, you have an amazing voice. Have you ever thought about being a singer like your mom?
CR: Thank you very much, but absolutely not! I sing strictly for children. I think my tone just works for tiny ears! HA! I can definitely carry a tune and I have rhythm, but I am not pop star!
J: What brands will we find in your closet ?
CR: Sadly, I am usually in workout clothes, but I do love dresses! Party dresses, floaty beach dresses, Strapless dresses, Mini dresses! My closet has dresses from Top Shop, Alice and Olivia, Keepsake, Marc by Marc Jacobs, but most of all, I love a boutique find!
J: On what do you spend the most: clothes, accessories, perfumes, lingerie, or anything else?
CR: Truly, at this point in my life, I spend the most on my daughter! She is an ultra-girly girl and I love to buy the tutus, sparkly dresses, tiny ballet flats… I can’t resist! For me, it is definitely shoes! I can always justify the expense of a perfect boot or heel (even though I spend the majority of my days in flip flops and sneakers)!
J: Leather or Lace?
CR: Lace! I am definitely more girly then edgy.
J. Do you love art? Who is your favorite artist?
CR: I do love art. Art is like a story, where anything is possible. Right now, I’m digging Classic and Modern Pop Art like Warhol, Asquint, Lichtenstien, Haring, but appreciate all art forms and eras.
J: What is next for Chudney Ross?
CR: Who knows? Isn’t that what makes life exciting! Of course, I would hope to continue to see growth with Books and Cookies. I would love to get back to writing and to continue to build my family! Truly, I am not sure where my future will lead, but I have found that being open to change and new experiences can bring exciting growth and development and for that I am ready!
To learn more about behind the scenes story of Chudney Ross visit The Project for Women.
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She has appeared on the covers of Glamour and Elle magazines, and walked the runway for Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. From 1999 to 2000 she was one of the female co-hosts of MTV's Loveline television show. FHM magazine readers voted her one of the sexiest women in the world for 2001.
Today she is the mother of three adorable kids and the creator of the super popular blog, andjudge on Guy's Grocery Game. I sat down with Catherine at her home in Los Angeles to talk about modeling, personal style and her delicious business.
J: How were you discovered as a model?
CM: When I was 13 years old I had an injury from running and a friend signed me up for a modeling contest which I ended up winning. A few months later I got a card in the mail for a local modeling school. I walked in and they signed me up for a contest called Elite Models Look of the Year. I ended up being a national finalist and going to Japan for a month to compete as it was televised on ABC. It was quite a whirlwind adventure for a 14 year old.
J: What were some of the challenges for you while working as a model?
CM: Traveling around the world for years was incredibly exciting, but became very lonely after a while.
J: Many models are fighting the food habit. Was food ever a challenge for you while modeling?
CM: I lived with many models who had food issues so it was always around me, but learning about food through the countries I visited was extremely exciting to me.
J: What inspired you to start successful culinary business Weelicious?
CM: After I had my son, Kenya, I couldn’t find interesting homemade baby food recipes online as well as information about how to make kids great eaters from day one. We had always bought our food at the Hollywood farmers market, so I started blogging a different recipe everyday and my feeding adventures. The recipes eventually expanded to toddler, big kid and then recipes for the entire family. 8 1/2 years later there are over
1200 recipes and 350 cooking videos on the site.
J: You area judge on a culinary TV show called Guy's Grocery games. Do you have a stylist or do you put together your own look?
CM: We have an amazing stylist, Joey. I bring the clothes and jewelry I want to wear and she jazzes it all up!
J: Does the fashion world still feel like a family to you?
CM: I have a few amazing friends in the fashion industry. Like all things, times moves on. I’m so lucky to have had a great experience, but this side of life is just as if not more thrilling, but in a different way.
J: Do you follow fashion weeks, latest trends?
CM: I’m still fashion obsessed, but sadly don’t have as much time for it to be my focus.
J: What is your personal style like?
CM: When I’m on TV I like to wear bright colors and bold jewelry. When I’m in NY I wear lots of black, high heels, boots, dresses and coats. At home big sweaters and jeans. In LA when we go out I wear leather pants, an array of fun handbags and more upscale casual pieces.
J: Who are your favorite designers to wear on the Red Carpet?
CM: I’ve worn Marchessa, vintage Halston and Yeo Lee and Naeem Khan.
J: What is Catherine McCord’s style advice?
CM: Wear what suits you, but make sure to always have fun with it.
J: What is next for Catherine McCord?
CM: Right now I’m focused on my food delivery company, One Potato. It offers 3 organic family friendly meals a week that take less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s been such a life saver for me and hopefully will be for other families!
J: Brilliant idea for busy moms. I can not wait to sign up for mine!
Designers today are up against more competition than ever and it is easy to miss an amazing, unique and fun designer from the crowd of many. If you are willing to give emerging designers a chance (we recommend that you do) then Nordstrom's SPACE boutique is the place to go. They've got the best selection.
Raul Becerra is a buyer at SPACE Boutique @ Nordstrom and his job involves a true mix of the creative and the practical. Together with Nordstrom's Director of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, Raul is looking for emerging and advanced brands that are getting industry buzz and brings them to Nordstrom. SPACE carries Ellery, Paskal, Shrimps, Mira Mikati, Rosetta Getty, Simone Rocha, Isa Arfen among others.
We met with Raul at Nordstrom San Francisco store during SPACE opening party and asked about his personal favorite designers and his work for the most exciting boutique.
J: Describe your current role
RB: In my opinion, I am buying for one of the most exciting boutiques within a major U.S retail company – SPACE @ NORDSTROM
J: What is the selection process like for the designers you’ve chosen to feature at SPACE?
RB: It was a labor of love and respect . Olivia and I wanted to bring in collections that we personally love and collections that are recognized within the industry; We brought in established collections that are difficult to find, like Tricot comme des garcons, and collections that we are really excited about, like VETEMENTS, Faustine Steinmetz and KOCHE.
J: Who is the most exciting designer for you at SPACE right now?
RB: VETEMENTS & KOCHE
J: From a retail standpoint, what do you see as the chief influence on customers today? Is it celebrity? Is it street style?
RB: It is a combination of the two
J: More personally, what are your own favorite brands right now?
RB: Personally, I love Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garcons and Undercover
J: any must haves for spring?
RB: Anything oversized !
J: Can fashion really save the world?
RB: Fashion brings us all together, sort of like a universal unspoken language / respected art form. Thatsaid…… kinda : )
J: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
RB: Perfection does not equal success ; Done is better than perfect
J: Love it! What is your advice to designers trying to make it big in the fashion world.
RB: Stay humble
What began as a hobby soon turned into a successful jewelry business for designer Maya Brenner, whose timeless, classic and chic jewelry caught the eye of celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Rachel Bilson, Mandy Moore, Anne Hathaway, Kathy Perry, Salma Hayek and made a number of TV appearances on the leading ladies of Sex and the City. Her signature States and letter pendant necklaces can be found in Neiman Marcus and J.Crew. Maya is a woman of many talents. She is a mother, wife, designers and entrepreneur. I was fortunate to meet and talk to Maya about her personal style in her beautiful home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
J: What is the DNA of Maya Brenner jewelry ?
MB: Versatile, wearable, whimsical, and personal. My pieces are on trend and classic at the same time. The States and Letters are fun to wear and major conversation starters.
J: What inspires you when designing your jewelry collections?
MB: I design what I want to wear. If I have an upcoming event or an outfit that needs a little something extra, I’ll create a piece that I’d want to pair it with. Recently, I was noticing all of the gorgeous ear bars out there. I wanted to try the trend out, so I made my own and then added it to my line.
J: How much attention do you pay to fashion when designing your jewelry?
MB: Not too much. I’m lucky since I don't have to design on a set schedule or for a particular season. I make new things when I’m inspired or want something new to wear.
J: Do you think fashion allow people to express their individuality or does it force people to conform?
MB: I think in the past fashion was far more restrictive. Now there is so much out there to choose from—there’s truly something for everyone!
J: As a jewelry designer how much jewelry do you wear daily?
MB: I have my stacking rings from my line that I never take off, “M” and “B” stud earrings that I rotate with my Petal Bar earring, Shark Tooth and Geometric Circle necklaces and sometimes I’ll throw a bangle into the mix—is that a lot?
J: How do you feel about statement jewelry?
MB: It’s not something I design but I definitely appreciate the bold and intricate styles I’ve seen. Irene Neuwirth uses the most gorgeous, eye-catching stones and Stella & Dot, another company that I design delicats for, offers amazing statement necklaces.
J: What is the most important part of wardrobe for you?
MB: A versatile, everyday purse and flattering sunglasses.
J: What celebrity were you most excited about wearing your jewelry?
MB: Katy Perry was photographed frequently in our California State Pendant during her “California Dreams” tour, so we got a lot of coverage from that. My daughter is a huge Anna Kendrick fan, so when she wore one of my pieces, my daughter thought I was very cool!
J: With holidays around the corner, what is a favorite piece of yours that you think would make a perfect gift?
MB: I love our simple gold bangle. It’s classic and understated, but so good.
J: What is next for Maya Brenner?
MB: Last year we launched a home-decor line of pillows. We’ve recently partnered with online retailer Mark & Graham to expand our lifestyle offerings with personalized catchall trays. Next up is a stationery collaboration with Paper Chase Press—which we’re beyond excited about.
J: Where can we find Maya Brenner jewelry?
To learn more about behind the scenes story of jewelry designer Maya Brenner, visit The Project for Women
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