My parents had the funny idea of calling me Cerise... they had read a rather original book by René Fallet, written in 1969 "Comment fais-tu l'amour Cerise"!
They are crazy, but I am lucky! I love being called Cerise, from kindergarten until now it's a name that brings sunshine even when the mood is dark!
And then one day, while I was looking for a name for my hat brand, I was digging for adjectives, sequences of letters that make meaningless words... The friends with whom I was having dinner on the small table in my kitchen said in heart: "but finally you should call it "La Cerise sur le Chapeau"!
It was a no-brainer... I was 25 years old, it started that way and the name stuck!
The history of La Cerise sur le Chapeau was not all mapped out! I had nothing to do with fashion, nor hats, nor sewing!
I loved hats, especially my grandfather's.
In my eyes, he was a man of extraordinary elegance, English-style chic; coquettish but not too much. He loved timeless chic, beautiful houses with traditional know-how!
He came to pick me up one day at the bottom of my office, during lunch, to take me to a beautiful Parisian house and offer me a real man's felt. The quality was remarkable but the color scheme was classic and rather limited.
He left shortly after giving me this beautiful gift and as a matter of course I embarked on this crazy adventure: Revisiting men's hats with color!