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That’s why I decided to become a captain…

Posted on April 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Fréd is a captain from Marseille and feels passionate about sailing. Currently, Fréd lives in Berne, where he runs his bar ÔCapitaine and spreads a sense of a Mediterranean lifestyle with French wine and delicacies. At least once a year the captain goes sailing on the sea and offers personalised sailing trips.


Do you live according to a personal motto?

At work and during sport I do indeed live according to a motto and that is „work harder, faster and better and never give up“ – that is where I push myself.


In my private life I don’t live according to any motto. For example, I don’t work for love, it should just happen and when I’m sad, then that’s just the way it is and I wait until the sadness is gone.


How did you get where you are now?

By “never giving up”.


How did you discover your passion for sailing?

Back then I wanted to leave Marseille and my surroundings. So every morning I wistfully watched the boats set sail and leave the port one after the other – I desperately wanted to join them. That’s why I decided to become a captain.


Do you think it was coincidence or fate?

That was a coincidence. However, I believe that there is a reason for everything – every single person should try to stay objective.

Fréd in his bar with our BARCELONA BLACK Jeans


Which criteria are important to you when you go shopping?

I buy a product when it wows me, when I like the style or when I find the story behind it convincing.


Which role does fashion play in your life?

Sometimes fashion plays too much of a role. I like being able to have my own style. As a captain I always had to wear a uniform and I didn’t like that at all. In my bar all employees can dress according to their personal style.

What do you particularly like about your SELFNATION jeans?

The innovation of the concept – in the past, custom-tailored clothes were reserved for rich people. Nowadays this type of service is generally accessible. Just like our sailing trips – we try to make something exclusive accessible to everyone.

Fréd wearing his tailor-made ZURICH BLACK Shorts


What do you do when you really miss the sound of the sea and the rocking of the boat?

I go to the sea or I start crying.


What is a good wine in your opinion?

A good wine is one that I like the taste of. I don’t like reading recommendations, but I trust my sense of taste instead. Equally I accept when someone doesn’t like my wine. We offer high-quality wines but nevertheless, people are different and so are their tastes – that is why you offer custom-tailored trousers.

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  1. April 19, 2018

    genial the idea of involving Fred into the loop of your fantastic selfnation blog..

      April 19, 2018

      Thank you Flo!

  2. April 19, 2018

    Genial the idea of involving Fred in your fantastic Selfnation story.

      April 19, 2018

      Thank you Flo!


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