Les dîners francophones de Francine

Les dîners francophones de Francine

March 10, 2011  |  inspiration  |  1 Comment

Francine Spirandelli came to live in San Francisco in the last ten years, but through her famous Dîners francophones, she has become a serious mover and shaker in the francophone scene of the city. Charming, elegant, and with impeccable taste, Francine visits and chooses French restaurants for her networking group, more precisely, her guests, and she makes you feel like a guest when she greets you inside the restaurant. She feels proud and happy to be the hostess engaging monthly in the art of receiving people.

The purpose of the diners is networking with people (faire du social) who are interested in French culture and French cuisine and who speak some French. These diners are probably the most relaxed and happy networking events you will ever attend. And Francine makes sure that you eat well on a beautifully decorated table, taste fabulous food, and have a great time. A steady number of 30-35 people from all nationalities gather once a month in a French restaurant in the city (Le Charm, Fringale, Jeanne’Arc), sparkling some passionate conversations.

People come back month after month because they feel appreciated, enjoy the food and meet wonderful people. When I ask Francine how she can explain the success of her diners, she says: “I am very French. I try to make people feel comfortable. I am open, and I am happy when others are happy. I engage people.” “Also,” she continues, “the choice of the restaurant is very important to me, I look for ambiance, warmth, joie de vivre, and, of course, parking…”

Although her mother was American, Francine grew up in France but always wanted to experience life on the other side of the ocean. She was curious about America, and before coming to SF, she thought that Americans didn’t have any problems, that they were all happy. After learning a great deal, now she loves her life in San Francisco punctuated by her monthly francophone diners, and she doesn’t regret having moved here. The only thing that she still misses is “les saucissons et la charcuterie” of the small shop on the corner of avenue de Victor Hugo and rue de la Pompe in Paris.

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D'Clic by Yapo

D’Clic by Yapo

March 10, 2011  |  inspiration  |  4 Comments

Martial Yapo has been wearing airplane belts over his jeans for the last eight years. Yes, you heard me right, Air France seat belts, Delta seat belts, you name it. “They came in different colors,” says Martial, “so I had to have all of them. It was difficult to find interesting belts in stores, and I found the airplane belts to be very original.” This is how it all started – a creative mind sitting hours at a time in airplanes, looking to be surprised. And surprise is the exact reaction people express when they see the ordinary seat belt transformed by Martial’s vision into an artful, stylish and beautiful accessory. People are delightfully surprised – for a reason.

Trained as an architect in Paris, Martial is also a talented painter and the sole founder of D’Clic by Yapo. “I decided to start D’clic”, says Martial, “because I like the product myself. I wear my belts every day and I really love them. They are hip (branché) and trendy (tendance).” Right now, he is enjoying the challenge of developing a product that bolsters his creativity and causes his company to grow. He envisions D’clic as having many creative branches, such as product design and interior design, where he also can put his passion for architecture to use.

When I asked him if he is a trendsetter (créateur du moment), he didn’t want to be thought of as one. “My creations are the expression of my artistic soul,” says Martial. I am putting my soul into an object, and not unlike a painter, I am hoping that people will like what I have created.” He is aware that business decisions will become a part of his creative process, but he would like to stay as authentic and faithful as possible to a creator’s mind. His wish is for D’clic to be endorsed by celebrities, because they are influencers and can really make an impact on a brand. But he is hoping that stylish, cool and hip men from all over the world will wear his belts to enhance their image.

As for the future, he sees great potential in belts, but he would like to branch out and innovate with other products as well. And he is carefully positioning the brand as an exclusive affair since its inception. Watch out for D’Clic by Yapo!

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March 12th, “That Paris Year”

March 8, 2011  |  inspiration  |  No Comments

For Paris lovers: Joanna Biggar, author of the fabulous book “That Paris Year” is having a book signing event at Book Passage, Corte Madera on Saturday March 12th, at 7 PM.

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