INSPIRATION . 06/01/2016

Inspiring mom: Fabienne Chapot from brand FAB. Accessories

For our category ‘Inspiring Mom’, we immediately thought of Fabienne Chapot from the brand Fab. Her son Hugo was born a few months ago and she enjoys walks along the canals of Amsterdam with her personally designed my Joolz push chair! Fabienne started her own, successful accessory label Fab. In 2006 in Bali. Enthusiast Fabienne, tells us all about her inspiring life as a carrier-woman and happy new mom.

HOW DO YOU COMBINE YOUR WORK WITH BEING A MOM?

I find my work, Fab., fantastic and now I also find my baby and family fantastic! I want to give enough attention to both. For me, it is a matter of good planning. Ensure that I am home for those special moments and to enjoy spending quality time. I love the morning moments with Hugo and the evening routine, this make me very happy. If I am working, I am completely focused on my work. For me, it does not work it I am half busy with both worlds.

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?

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I become very inspired through travelling and creating a new collection. With regard to business, there are a few brands that inspire me because they are ambitious and innovative in marketing or commercially. I always look around me as to what happens in the world and that keeps me sharp.

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE SPECIAL MOMENTS IN LIFE?

I can celebrate life well! : ) We usually make sure there is a party during work trips or add a couple of days holiday on to the end of them. If we have reached our targets, I always enjoy celebrating. I am most certainly a social person and I try to get as much out of life as possible!

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD ADVICE FOR WORKING MOTHERS?

I think it is important to be able to direct your focus entirely onto one thing. If you are at home, ensure that you give 100% attention and don’t stress over work things or writing emails. If you really need to, you can do that after the kids have gone to bed, when you have all the time and focus you need. If you are at work, you do not want to be busy with home stuff. Therefore make sure that everything at home is well organised. That works best for me.

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WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Fab. has always made me very happy and my employee’s; nothing has changed there. Only, something very large has joined my world. Hugo and Michiel my boyfriend, also make me very happy now. If I am enjoying time with friends and Hugo is with me, he enjoys sitting on everyones laps and this also makes me very happy!

WHICH PLACES IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU REALLY LIKE TO SHOW YOUR CHILDREN?

There are so many places I want to show my kids. I want to show Hugo the whole world. However, to start off with, I would love to show him Asia, where I have a lot of memories and Bali where Fab, was started.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU NOW THAT YOU HAVE KIDS?

I still find it a crazy feeling that all of a sudden I have another concern with me. You have so much love for your little ones, that sometimes, maybe unrightly so, you are concerned and insecure. I need to adjust to this and learn to deal with this feeling.

HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY?

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Luckily enough, I have always been fit and healthy. Also during my pregnancy and therefore I think this is why I recovered from giving birth so quickly. I exercise two to three times a week. Guilty pleasures are also always around! I deny myself from having them as much as possible!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FAMILY MEAL?

Burrito’s and zucchini with parmesan.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

Now the day starts with waking up my little one, Hugo, giving him a bottle, washing him and getting dressed myself. Then I head off to work. My working day consists of lots of meetings, discussing collections, management and monitoring profits. After work I either exercise or go home to cuddle with my little one! In the evenings, I try to see friends for dinner or to do some work. The weekends include lots of social moments.

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DO YOU MATCH YOUR OUTFITS WITH YOUR JOOLZ?

Haha, no. Then there would be too little variation in my outfits. I always wear nice, comfortable clothes if I go walking with my Joolz. With my Joolz, you are unlikely to see me walking in my heels.

WHICH LESSON THAT YOU LEARNT AS A CHILD DO YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?

You can always achieve everything you want if you do your best! That quote has brought me far in life and this is how my parents have always made me feel self-confident.
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