Cheri Messerli is a fashion and interior designer. Her and Her husband run a design studio called Weekends.
Describe your personal style.
Loose fit drapey layers and modern basics.
Who are your favorite designers?
Christophe Lemaire, his clothes just keep getting better and better. Chloe, ACNE, Hussein Chalayan, Black Crane, Comme des Garcons
If you could only shop at 3 stores for the next year, what would they be?
New High Mart, Anaise & Totokaelo
Who are your style icons?
Camille Bidault Waddington, Kazu Makino, Sofia Coppola, Japanese Street Style, Encens magazine..
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
I have a BLESS sweatshirt/shawl/jacket piece, it's really simple but hard to describe, but it has become part of my uniform over the years. It goes with t-shirts, dresses, under jackets and coats, I wear it with everything.
All of my ACNE pieces that I have bought over the years are worn on a weekly basis. They are my favorites. I hope they continue making pieces like these even though they are changing the brand so much lately.
I also have several pairs of pants that belonged to my husbands grandmother that I love and wear all the time. She had amazing style.
What is your most recent purchase?
A white Jungmaven t-shirt at New High Mart, that is the perfect t-shirt I've been looking for for years. I need to go back and buy more of them. I've been wearing it non-stop lately.
Do you have any stories about amazing deals you’ve gotten on awesome pieces?
There is a pair of Chloe shoes that are my dream shoes. I first saw them in a magazine, and then a friend told me they were at a sample sale in New York while I was living there, but I was stuck at work. They were gone when I went by the sale, but five years later I found them on ebay in brand new condition and for a fraction of the price.
Also, in France pregnant women are allowed to skip lines, it's the law. I went to a special Christophe Lemaire private sale that was at my friends gallery and he walked me in a little before the sale started and was like "show your belly!" I had the whole sale to myself for a while. It was the calmest sale shopping I've ever done, and I have pieces I will keep forever from it.
Can you give us smart shopping advice?
Spend more on pieces you'll love and wear forever, it ends up being pennies a day. Also always check ebay and sample sales!
Where do you look for inspiration? Are there any places, websites, artists, etc. you tend to look to?
I find a lot of inspiration in books, I love browsing libraries, and from seeing people on the street. I get inspired when I'm relaxed so I like to take walks or go running a lot. I used to spend a lot more time looking at blogs but now I am so consumed with instagram, you can see so many places and people and it's great for research. I do still love to look at friends blogs, the sphinx and the milky way, tigers to lilies, art bookstand.
My friend's bookshop and gallery 0fr in Paris was always the best place for inspiration when I lived there, it was constantly changing and always has things you won't find online. It's so important to have places like that in your life.
What does a normal workday look like for you?
Right now there are no normal workdays for me. Taking care of my daughter takes most of my time but I do continue to work on projects with my husband for our design studio, Weekends. So my workdays tend to start in the evening after dinner. We also have a studio downtown where I try to find time to work in whenever I can.
How did you end up doing what you do?
My husband David was starting to do the branding for Candelaria, a new bar and taqueria that was opening in Paris, and I met the owners and we talked to them about ideas for the interior design so much that they asked us take on the entire project. That led to designing their next two places and it took off from there. From that we've set up Weekends Studio. My husband is an Art Director and I was working as a stylist and working on my line of jewelry and we would do a lot of the interior work on the evenings and weekends until it eventually took over as our primary work, although branding is still a big part of what David does it often coincides with the interior work.
I also have worked in fashion for many years doing a variety of different jobs, so designing my own pieces has always been something I've wanted to do. I started a jewelry line that I'd like to bring back and evolve into new things in the near future.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love seeing people experiencing a place we've designed. When a place has a good atmosphere people are happy and it works, and it's nice to get to see that in person. Whereas when you design an object it's sent off into the world and you wouldn't always necessarily get to see someone interacting with your work.
Which beauty products do you recommend?
I only use clean products by brands like Dr. Haushcka, I love their cleansing milk, concealer and bronzing powder, which I use as blush. I also use anything recommended by my friend Kristina Holey, who is a hollistic skincare specialist, aloe, rose water.. She has helped my skin so much! I love Fat and the Moon's Mermaid Mask and Dry Shampoo too.
5 things you can’t live without.
My family, my friends, breakfast, chocolate, and curry.