Headhunter Floraine de Saint Pierre has enabled some of fashion’s most fitting and lucrative partnerships, including Christopher Bailey at Burberry, Alber Elbaz at Guy Laroche, Narciso Rodriguez at Calvin Klein, Italo Zucchelli as the menswear design director of the same label, and Christophe Lemaire at Lacoste.
“I consider who can capture the spirit of the brand with a holistic approach. When a designer feels the spirit of a brand and is also comprehensive with how people live today, then commercial success comes naturally.”
After business school, De Saint Pierre began her career in the finance department at Christian Dior before moving into executive recruitment. But it didn’t take long — six weeks, approximately — for the enterprising de Saint Pierre to strike out on her own. Floriane de Saint Pierre et Associés was founded in 1990. She was 26 at the time. “I discovered executive search very much by chance and I was passionate about it from the beginning! So I started my own company as I wanted to have the freedom to do my work exactly as I wanted.”
Not one to rest on her laurels, de Saint Pierre’s has entered the digital forum with her latest venture, EyesonTalent, a global, web-based platform that connects brands with creative talent from multiple design disciplines, such as photography and digital art.
De Saint Pierre is aware that head hunting the world’s most talented designers is a talent in itself, "I don't work with partners — it's my eye that counts. That's how I know if a designer is ready, or whether they want to come to Paris or live in New York."