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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 30 Nov 2012
CATHERINE ISAMBOURG

HI, CATHERINE, WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM ?

I come from the north of France, I’ve had a happy childhood with an edu-cation geared towards sports and nature. After obtaining my masters in management, I’ve got a job as direc-tor of a decoration company in France for 20 years. I’m a sports fan through and through! I was winner of the ‘raid gauloises’, I run marathons, and I love surfing sports (Windsurf, surf, pad-dle…). I live in Mauritius with my family since one year.


DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDHOOD MEMORY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH
OUR READERS?

I remember participating in a cross country at the age of 12 and right in the middle of the race, my shoe got stuck in the mud whilst I was in the leading group of runners. I didn’t abandon, I stopped and fought to get back into the race which I eventually
won!


YOU ARE DEFINITELY A WINNER AT HEART! ANY OTHER WINNING MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE?

Lots of them! My childhood, meeting my husband with whom I share
everything (my professional life, sports, travelling…) and the birth of my children with whom I live extraor-dinary moments every day!


WHAT DO YOU THINK MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE TODAY?

Sports competition which I’ve been practicing since childhood (athletics windsurf..) have enabled me to pre-pare myself to life in a positive way, so as to always accomplish my aims and objectives with tenacity and per-severance.  Travelling have taught me lots about human touch which can take simple gestures such as a smile! They have strengthened my point of view on human values against the material world which is so felt nowadays.


WHAT DO YOU DO IN MAURITIUS?

I love fashion and design so I’ve com-bined my strong European experience of 20 years to create my own brand of accessories by exploiting one name which inspire me such as "Belle & Toile". Creative and thor-oughly enjoying photography, I use
fabrics to print my pictures and then turn everything into accessories! I also use canvas for wall decoration.  Since the month of July 2012, my paintings have been exhibited by Christian Mermoud at the 3 A Gallery in Rivière Noire. The exhibition is
based on the nature of Mauritius.  The Art decoration part of my business, “Belle & Toile”, consists of fabrics, cushions and curtains whereas the fashion accessories are made of bags, pouches and scarves. The aim of my brand is to give life to objects
through pictures and thus conveying messages through images…
“Belle & Toile” focuses also on a more fun collection of accessories in-spired by the beach and its derivatives. Marked by texts and messages, the collection is original with a vin-tage touch. Bags, pouches, sarongs and baskets are some parts of this
brand. These products are mostly exported towards Europe for a niche market for the time being.


WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I love photography as I’ve mentioned before. Nature and its elements, moments of life make me happy. I also really like fashion and design. I often travel to Europe for international trade fairs and shows to keep in touch with the latest trends. I love drawing
and conceiving new models, re-searching new materials…. I also
adore travelling which is an important source of inspiration for me. I have the best interactions and shar-ing moments during my trips.  They always bring me creative ideas and help me through my life project! I also love surfing and running and Mauri-tius is a great place to be to indulge in an amazing natural landscape with
sumptuous views, doing the sports I love the most!


AS ENDING NOTE, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE MAURITIUS?

Mauritius is an island where nature and people share an nparalleled
generosity!

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