7 Things I Learned in 35 Minutes With François Nars

Hallie Gould

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I walked into the Nars boutique on Melrose with visions of grandeur. Nars is iconic—I don't have to tell you that. So, when I had the opportunity to fly to L.A. to meet with the brilliant man behind it all, François Nars, I felt almost paralysed with excitement.

The store was minimal and chic, just like the signature packaging, with grapefruit-scented candles lit and candid photographs of Mr. Nars and various supermodels from every era leaned up against the marble shelves. The anticipation continued to creep up alongside me like a shadow. I fidgeted with the folder that housed my questions, flipped through each page in order to keep my hands busy.

Finally, the big black curtain covering the back of the store opened, and I was beckoned to come in. I sat down and met his gaze, he smiled at me, and I swear his eyes had flecks of glitter. Warm, welcoming, and charming, the beginning of our chat felt more like catching up with an old friend than anything else. My nerves melted away like the signature scented candle wax that was burning in the corner. Keep scrolling for seven important lessons I learned from Mr. Nars that afternoon.

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