We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire and Myline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire and Myline, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
There are multiple factors behind French Wink’s success but the most important one is our duo. We are business partners and close friends. We take every decision together, we send drafts to each others before sending any email. We brainstorm, discuss, weight risks before taking any decision that we both agree on. We are then co responsible of all actions and strategies and this make us and our business stronger. We each have our strength and weakness but being two following the same mindset makes our power complementary and strong.
What should our readers know about your business?
French Wink is all about French brands and French lifestyle. We are a multi vendors and multi sectors market place gathering more than 50 brands located in France or owned by french expatriates in the US. We also have a concept store in the heart of Chelsea where people feel as if they were in Paris;). What sets us apart is the multi sector part. As curator and gifts experts we offer products from grocery to home decor including clothing, beauty , kids products and more. French Wink is then a one stop e-shop for customers who are looking for the French experience and expertise. And we don’t limit our work to selling these products! Everyday we share our love and stories on our social networks and achieved to build a strong community. The entrepreneurial journey is never easy but it worth it! Over the years French Wink’s shape changed as we managed to adapt ourselves to situations and challenges. Everyday we learn, weight risks, make decision that we are the only one to be responsible for. French Wink mission stays the same and we are very proud of what we achieve and will achieve in the future.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
French Wink success is indeed the result of a lot of work and efforts. Over the years we were lucky enough to surround ourselves with strong partners and fantastic teams. But here is a special shoutout to our dear husbands, Jeremie and Jerome. We are very strong and connected as business partners and barely open to them about what we plan, do or working one. However there are our number one supporters! They are always happy to help and give us good advices (when we give them the chance to do so;)) so here is our occasion to thanks them for that!
We are New Yorkers for nearly 10 years now and we love our adoptive city! When friends visit, our first advice is to take the time to “feel the vibes”. Start the New York journey sauntering in different parts of the city, seat on the bench and just look around to feel the energy and see the multitude that New York and New Yorkers have to offer. As we love good food and unique place we recommend drinks and diner at RH rooftop or at Barbetta restaurant which is a real Italian gem with a hidden garden which will transport you in Rome. For our French fix, we love the Ocabanon, the restaurant next door to our boutique and where we appreciate the good food and company.