Anne-Claire is the mother of 3 children but also co-founder and artistic director of Maison Margaret, a brand of household linen with a soft and poetic universe that dusts off the codes of home sales.
Active mum, working-girl, entrepreneur… Anne-Claire is a woman brimming with energy and projects. She reveals herself on her life as a mother and on the evidence of having always wanted to become a mother.
Hello Anne-Claire, tell us about you and your beautiful family?
Hello! I am an entrepreneur dreamer, fulfilled as artistic director of the household linen and ready-to-wear brand Margaret House which I co-founded with my brother. I like the idea of advancing our responsible but poetic way of consuming and of offering women to undertake and move towards a certain freedom. For me, it is also part of my role as a mother to live my professional life by being aligned with my values. Get inspired and inspire, 2 words that guide me in my personal life, with Anton 8 years old, Scarlett 6 years old and Albertine 3 and a half years old, as in my professional life.
You breastfed your 3 children, how did you live this experience?
I loved breastfeeding my 3 children, a real revelation that this close relationship with my babies. It hasn't always been easy, especially for Anton the first, with frustrations of not having enough milk (therefore not feeling up to it) and having to stop too soon. Such privileged moments that are among my best memories and that would make me want to do it again.
Have you always wanted to be a mother or is it a desire that has matured over time?
Always, it was in me, I always saw it as a priority, almost a dream so much I wanted a large family and I always loved babies.
In your life as an active mom, how do you manage to give time to each of your children?
They are often all 3, so I give them time together. And we try with their dad to give them time individually as soon as the desire and the tensions between them make us think that they need it. And we get there on the weekend, I absolutely love this kind of moment together where they reveal themselves differently than within the siblings.
Was the choice of first names obvious or the result of a long reflection (and negotiation;))?
Long negotiation yes and obvious too, but for me only!
Anton was a real favourite, I just couldn't see myself calling him otherwise and an unshared evidence.
Scarlett was my dream first name, I had given up on it after negotiating 'too much' for her brother's first name, really not classic enough for her dad who finally put it on his list against all odds ;) . So I jumped at the opportunity.
And Albertine a fairly obvious choice for both of them.
What are the relationships between Anton, Scarlett and Albertine?
They love each other and are more accomplices than they bicker but still we can't escape it. I would say they get along pretty well, a good team. Often duos form in the trio but the duo changes according to the hours of the day or the activities and finally they find their balance.
What are the values that have been transmitted to you that you in turn wish to teach them?
Above all, I want to teach them to always give priority to their freedom, their individuality, and self-respect. Because it is also with its values that we love and respect others. I think it's a real strength, it obviously goes through self-confidence, an essential link in the chain to live a fulfilling life. And from what was transmitted to me I would say to go after your dreams, everything is possible if you take action.
Those little things you learned to let go of on a daily basis?
The children's outfits but also many other things on which I say to myself: "finally, is it really important?" . If the answer is no, which is often the case, I let go!
If you were…
A magic power: Being able to attribute a good dose of self-confidence to those who lack it, because sometimes the road is long and discouraging so a good little boost would not be refused.
A season: All! Why choose? I love the change and the fact that they punctuate the year.
A book: Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
An inspiring woman: Delphine de Syon @welcometosyon
A pair of shoes: A pair of Michel Vivien babies
An expression: “we are not here to fuck each other”
A childhood dish: Mash/sausages from my granny
A dream trip: A road trip in Australia