My name is Karine Candice Köng. I'm French but my surname has norwegian origins. I'm married to a kiwi (not the fruit!) who is the love of my love and we have an amazing, funny, kind and beautiful kid called Mila Sienna
I'm the co-Founder of BODIE and FOU, an inspiring, online concept store I launched with my sister Elodie in 2005.
WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE
Effortless chic...French...inspiring and relaxing... I aim to create homes, interiors and workspaces with happy vibes. Places that make me good about myself, that inspire me and make me feel like I'm on holidays throughout the year.
WHY DID YOU MOVE TO LONDON?
An intuition, the guts feeling that London was the place I had to be. I had only been there once before deciding to move but I knew it was where I was meant to be living. I went back once more with my best friend before the big move just to be sure and as we were driving at 6am through the streets of London, after a sleepless night spent in a Eurolines bus from Paris, I just knew that was it. A few months later, I left Paris and my job in advertising in Paris and moved to London at the age of 25 - I never looked back.
DID YOU GET A JOB IN ADVERTISING AGAIN?
Sadly not. My English wasn't good enough so I had to start from scratch. I got a job as a Sales Assistant in the Swatch store on Oxford Street and asked for 3 months customers whether they were serving me instead of were they being served....
After that, I started a Master of Arts in Film & Television at the University of Westminster at evening classes, which I passed with Mention.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CULTURAL SHOCK WHEN YOU ARRIVED?
Personally I was fine and very open but Eric Cantona had just kicked an racist supporter during a match and the French touch at the time was a bit like Marmite, you liked it or you didn't! However, I had a very positive image of England and anything English thanks to my mum who would have moved in Liberty's if that had been an option. I grew up surrounded by Liberty fabrics (sadly had to wear tartan skirts at school), Burberry's and metal boxes of tea.