Today instead of talking to you about my French girlfriends, I’d like to introduce you to a Stylish French man. I’m lucky here to meet many creative and interesting French men who each have a story to tell. And today I shall introduce you to Nicolas Flachot, the Paris expert in vintage letters and founder of the company Kidimo.
Nicolas isn’t from an antique dealer background. He trained in media arts and worked for a while as a producer with a national TV station, but his love of good graphics meant his eyes were always open for cool letters and fonts. When his first child was born, he came upon the letters of her name Lou while at the Paris flea market one Sunday, and that day a passion was born.
Today he is a reference in the matter, with a huge stock of letters readily available, his stock is sourced all over France and carefully sorted in his Paris warehouse. He assembles words and despatches them all around the world, carefully matching the style of the letters to the client’s requirements.
Nicolas lives in Paris and has furnished his apartment in today’s popular retro style, windows flung open on to a leafy inner courtyard. Artwork and books displayed with care and of course the occasional vintage letter. Furniture is a mix of old and new, the walls white and the original floor boards polished to a light sheen. He’s not afraid of a little splash of colour here and there. The result is a comfortable, relaxed home where Nicolas has room for family and guests.
I love that Nicolas has made his passion into his full time business, and the way he epitomises stylish living in Paris today: eating well, living with design each day. His life is all about enjoying the moment and keeping it real.
all photos by Franck Schmitt