Skin­care guru OLIVIA CHANTE­CAILLE re­veals what makes her happy

For the stun­ning New Yorker, spend­ing time with her daugh­ter is what makes her happy

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The el­e­gant and beau­ti­ful cre­ative di­rec­tor of Chante­caille – the skin­care and cos­met­ics line she founded with her mother in 1997 – grew up sur­rounded by French an­tiques and in­flu­enced by her grand­mother’s Parisian apart­ment. So whether in East Hamp­ton, Paris, or New York City, Olivia blends clas­si­cal pieces with an unerring mod­ern sen­si­tiv­ity that is the epit­ome of ‘re­fined cool’. She wel­comed us into her charm­ing New York City apart­ment, one of the many places she calls home, to chat about ideas, peo­ple, and things that mo­ti­vate and in­spire her.

What makes you the hap­pi­est?

Spend­ing time with my daugh­ter Del­phina and my hus­band. There’s a farm near our home in East Hamp­ton that I love to take her to visit. Last spring, we were there just as all the spring chick­ens were hatch­ing. It was so mag­i­cal to ex­pe­ri­ence that to­gether.

Share one mem­o­rable mo­ment with us.

My hus­band Ren asked me to marry him on a sur­prise win­ter es­cape to An­guilla. He ac­tu­ally pro­posed at Cap Ju­luca, this stun­ning half­moon bay beach, and sur­prised me with a ring in the clear blue ocean, with fish swim­ming around us. It was very beau­ti­ful!

What’s on your bucket list?

I would love to visit the Ama­zon jun­gle with my daugh­ter and see for my­self these in­cred­i­ble trees that house one thou­sand plants on their branches, and the colour­ful par­rots, funny mon­keys and el­e­gant jaguars. Whose closet would you like to bor­row from?

My mother’s. She al­ways has an in­cred­i­ble taste in clothes, and her wardrobe is filled with ir­re­sistible colours and tex­tures. I’ve been wear­ing her clothes since I was a child play­ing dress-up in her clos­ets. As I grew up, I was for­tu­nate to bor­row a few of her beau­ti­ful pieces by Yves Saint Lau­rent, Mu­gler, Ar­mani and Valentino.

If you had to wear a daily uni­form, which de­signer would you choose?

Brunello Cucinelli in the win­ter­time for the most ex­quis­ite and chic cash­meres, and Er­dem in the sum­mer­time for his beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal prints and el­e­gant colours.

What mu­sic do you lis­ten to when you’re about to get ready?

I love up­beat dance mu­sic from Sia, Bruno Mars, Imag­ine Dragons, Kelly Clark­son and Ed Sheeran. Even Moana, thanks to my daugh­ter.

Do you pre­fer paint­ings or jew­ellery? Jew­ellery! I love jew­ellery so much that I re­cently col­lab­o­rated with the fine jew­ellery house Wal­ters Faith. East Hamp­ton, New York, and Paris. Which one do you call home? I am lucky enough to call all of them home.

I have fam­ily and feel at home in each place,

and I speak French and

English flu­ently. Each lo­ca­tion feels like a part

of me and my


Let’s talk beauty trends?

I love the all-beauty-is-beau­ti­ful trend, this sense of what­ever your nat­u­ral ‘look’ is, en­hanc­ing it, not hid­ing it, is beau­ti­ful. It’s also a won­der­ful ex­am­ple for my young daugh­ter.

Chante­caille has stayed a fam­ily busi­ness from its start. What are the pros and cons of work­ing with fam­ily?

Work­ing with my fam­ily means there is in­stantly a sense of trust and con­nec­tion. It is re­ally a great thing to work with them in the of­fice ev­ery day. Other­wise we’d never see each other.

“My mother has an in­cred­i­ble taste in clothes, and her wardrobe is filled with ir­re­sistible colours and tex­tures”

Do you see Del­phina get­ting in­volved in the cos­met­ics world?

She has lit­er­ally grown up sur­rounded by beauty prod­ucts and has as­sisted on many photo shoots. She is al­ready a skilled makeup artist and has an im­pec­ca­ble eye for colour. She is ca­pa­ble of so much and I can’t wait to see what she is in­spired to do as she grows up.

When it comes to plan­ning a fun day with Del­phina, what’s def­i­nitely not to miss on the list?

A trip to the Mu­seum of Ice Cream!

You are very in­volved in help­ing en­dan­gered wildlife and sup­port­ing clean oceans.

It’s at the core of our busi­ness to use our prod­ucts and our voice to spread the word about all the needs of our planet and the count­less an­i­mals, plants and ecosys­tems that des­per­ately need our help to con­tinue to thrive. And the phil­an­thropic as­pect of our lim­ited-edi­tion pal­ettes also helps di­rectly sup­port all the amaz­ing con­ser­va­tion­ists who are out there do­ing the good work. We love to help.

How would your best friend de­scribe you? I think she’d say that I’m cre­ative, calm, in­tu­itive, car­ing and op­ti­mistic.

Do you have a guilty plea­sure? Choco­late is a de­li­cious an­tiox­i­dant and a won­der­ful mood booster. And I don’t feel guilty!

Olivia and Del­phina (above) love an­i­mals. “There is a farm near our house in East Hamp­ton that I love tak­ing her to visit.” Olivia and her mother (be­low) Sylvie share many things, es­pe­cially their im­pec­ca­ble taste

Lit­tle Del­phina (right with her mother) has lit­er­ally grown up sur­rounded by beauty prod­ucts and has helped in many photo shoots for the fam­ily busi­ness. Above, Olivia and hus­band Ren, en­ter­ing the church on their wed­ding day

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