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.