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ALEX & OLIVIA CHANTECAILLE

ON: BEAUTY

Sisters Alex and Olivia Chantecaille are second generation innovators at their family-run business, Chantecaille Beauté Inc. Alex, director of sales at Chantecaille, heads the international team of sales managers and travels the world to train staff and implement Chantecaille Beauté globally. Olivia serves as creative director, developing Chantecaille's beauty products and driving the company's vision across public relations, advertising and social media.

photographs
Michael Avedon

creative direction
Melissa Jones

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?

I feel beautiful when I’ve had a good night's sleep, and feel centered and balanced. I feel beautiful when I receive a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my husband, and when I think about how much I love my little girl. I feel beautiful when I am able to create a product that really makes a difference in someone’s life.

 –Olivia

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HOW DO YOU THINK OUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

There are two rather divergent roads being charged down right now—one of absolute perfect beauty that is practically untouchable yet fun and creative, and then one celebrating who we each are individually. I think we’ve mellowed out and learned to grow up into our features rather than try to chase our youth. We’re getting better at accepting our flaws, freckles, little lines and idiosyncrasies, and seeing those unique aspects as beautiful because they make up who we are.

 –Alex

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WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON FOR YOU IN YOUR YOUTH?

My mother. She taught me so much of what I know about beauty.

 –Olivia

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WHAT FOR YOU IS THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?


Spite. 

–Alex

 

Hate. 

–Olivia

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WHY ARE THESE OBJECTS BEAUTIFUL TO YOU?

 

This multi-pink sapphire necklace is part of a collection I designed as a collaboration between Chantecaille and Walter’s Faith. The shades of pink represent love and the heart, and the shape mimics the pebble design of our compacts. This is special to me because I wear it for my daughter, Delphina. One day it will be hers to wear - It represents the legacy of Chantecaille.

–Olivia

It was our first big charity collection honoring the oceans—a cause so dear to my heart as I’ve seen the devastation of the loss of coral reefs first hand. I worked with the artisans of Jay Strongwater to design this limited-edition Swarovski-crystal enameled compact. It was ten years ago, and the first "cause-metics" project where funds raised through the sale of this compact went directly to the scientists and researchers at Andrew Baker's Coral Conservation Project Reefs of Hope in Key Biscayne. Translating our love of the oceans, animals and the natural world is one of the most exhilarating parts of working as a family together.

–Alex

 

 

Makeup
Eduardo Hernandez

Hair
Lindsay Block

 

 

 

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