I became aware of Garance Dore some years ago as her stationary line at the time (cheery mottos scrawled in gold handwriting; mid century esque fashion sketches of a woman in a hat or sunglasses), was super popular. I thought it was just be a marketing fad and whilst I didn’t hate it, I wasn’t that interested.
Then a few months ago I found her Instagram page and was intrigued by the calm desert vibe, the talk of meditation and the strong female friendships on it. Now I’ve downloaded a bunch of episodes from Garance’s podcast “Pardon my French”.
Despite the savvy title and intro blurb, it’s a radical and authentic series of conversations with women about how they identified the path they wanted with regards to living their life. Mainly there’s a sense of Garance’s interviewees having calmly and consciously made their choices earlier and enjoying the consequences of that.
The series is an encouragement to re-examine your assumptions about fulfilment, happiness, the shock of refinding desire in your 60s, and what maternity and femininity might mean. In particular it feels almost shocking to hear women publicly say they never wanted children, or prefer their plants to their children. Shocking because surely this should be an open conversation now, and liberating because it’s not.