We've had a busy old summer at Missoma HQ and with a busy Autumn ahead, our Marketing guru Kate hopped on the Eurostar with bestie Imogen Roy for a little respite, many market stalls, vintage shops and jazz bars. Here's a little glimpse of Missoma in Marseille in the latest of our Missoma Muse stories.
Enter, Imogen Roy, one of Eurostars finest (ex-Jitrois / Kenzo). A story teller...a creator of things.
With a refined eye for beautiful things in uncommon places, Imogen can most often be found rummaging through vintage stores, dusting off old vinyls, lending much loved books to friends and exploring far flung places, camera in hand. Imogen has also been known to haggle a shop keeper for their large plastic lobster ('not for sale!'). A creature who takes pride of place at home with the South African hubby, Matt Thomas (ex-Rankin and now runs Artworks; a retouching company which he opened with Imogen just a year ago and already count Nike as a client).
This appreciation of fine design, has lead Imogen to truly live a life of 'quality not quantity'. Whether it's a vintage style Steamline suitcase, a vintage leather jacket from Versace, a tea-dress from Rouge or an evening gown from Elie Saab, Imo has her staples and sticks to them.
It has much to do with this Scottish lass spending much of her time in France. Indeed the 'French-girl style' has oozed into Imogen's wardrobe. Simplicity is key. Echoes of Alice Moireau, Caroline de Maigret, Jane Birkin and girl of the moment Jeanne Damas drum a beat through Imo's day-to-day.
And then there's travel; something treasured by both Imogen and Matt in their personal lives, but also it is entrenched in Imogen's work at Eurostar. Telling stories about travel and exploring the adventures and possibilities within reach from the station platform.
Missoma packed up and ready to go in Steamline Luggage.
Stretching out in our roomy seats and taking in the view as we whizz down France to Marseille in just over 6 hours.
We quickly dropped our bags off at our Airbnb and trotted down to explore the port.
Not far from the Airbnb we found Marseilles oldest (and we were told only) vegan restaurant.
Imogen emerging from a vintage store with a new find...a soft woollen mustard coloured cardi.
Another find. 18 euros for a basket bag.
Everywhere you look in Marseille...a patchwork of art and graffiti.
On our final day, somewhat hungover from dancing till dawn with locals in a jazz bar, we hiked up to Calanque Sormiou. Breezes blew our headaches away and once up and over the mountain we were met with a glistening bay where we sat and ate our picnic.
A final recommendation if you do decide to take the Eurostar down to Marseille - take a picnic down to the dock and sit out in front of the museum and watch the sun go down. Magnifique!
HUGE THANKS TO - Imogen roy
PHOTOS by @FieldnotesbyKate