Marie , co-founder of Ma­con & Lesquoy, Julien, co-founder of Papier Ti­gre, and their daugh­ter Mar­guerite, aged 12

— When you have your own firm, you’re the de­signer, com­pany head and sales man­ager all wrapped into one; things never re­ally stop…

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How does your mix of pro­fes­sional and pri­vate lives pan out? — M.: It is quite a mix in fact! When Ma­con & Lesquoy was first launched, Mar­guerite and Julien of­ten spent their evenings next to me stick­ing la­bels on the lids of the boxes of our em­broi­dered brooches! When Mar­guerite was lit­tle, she had a nanny. Now that she’s 12, there’s a group of lo­cal par­ents, who’ve known each other since the chil­dren went to nurs­ery school, who help each other out with child­care. When we are both away on busi­ness, these are the peo­ple to whom we en­trust Mar­guerite. She’ll sleep over at one of their homes and we re­turn the favour when they need it! Julien works for Papier Ti­gre at the of­fice. As I work at home, I quite of­ten have a group of pre-teens with me on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noons! What’s your se­cret for main­tain­ing the balance? — J.: Elixir & Co.’s “Vi­tal­ity and joie de vivre”! No, se­ri­ously, it’s not that ob­vi­ous. When you have your own firm, you’re the de­signer, com­pany head and sales man­ager all wrapped into one; things never re­ally stop… Let’s say that we try to limit how much our work in­vades our pri­vate lives and to cut it off com­pletely when the three of us are to­gether. —M .: We try to rea­son with our­selves, not to let work cross cer­tain lim­its. As I work at home, stop­ping what I am do­ing isn’t al­ways easy… I try to switch off my pro­fes­sional life when the three of us are at home to­gether, but I of­ten find my­self get­ting up from the ta­ble after din­ner and go­ing back to send some more emails!

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