Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Valerie Louis

What do you get when you mix Haitian pride, African cultural heritage, and empowering color choices? The answer is Yael and Valerie, a one of a kind fabric, wallpaper and home accessories brand. Founder Valerie Louis was inspired by the connection of her daughter, other creatives, and by the amount of beauty yet to be discovered in other cultures. Yael and Valerie is much more than a prestigious and luxurious brand, it’s a brand that uses its platform to speak volumes on history, culture and treasures. Yael and Valerie has been featured in many publications such as Business of Home and Designers Today and has been seen in many homes across the world. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Valerie Louis of Yael and Valerie.

This unforgettable piece is part of Yael and Valerie’s Mardi Gras Collection. It honors the colorful and joyful Carnival of Jacmel by combining vibrant colors and exuberant energy, leaving you feeling nothing but positivity.

Andrew Joseph: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Valerie Louis: I’d be a bird. It reminds me of freedom and self-abandonment.

Andrew: What is the last book you read?
Valerie: “Cet homme, mon père” (This man, my father) from Haitian author Rachel Price Vorbe, a very powerful book.

Andrew: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Valerie: To have women rule the world equally with men. The world will be a much better place when it is seen with both eyes and led by both human forces.

Andrew: If you could guest star on any TV show -on or off air- what show would you guest star in?
Valerie: I’d be sitting with Oprah Winfrey in her Garden, and we will have a soul conversation.

The bright pink pillow situated center stage is called The Terter. This print is made up of a powerful symbol that signifies strength, gravity, grace, and determination found in every generation of women. “If woman is the future of man and Africa the future of the world then the Woman from Africa after assuming her past is now undoubtedly the future of humanity.”

Andrew: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Valerie: Chocolate dessert – Ice cream, Cake, Hot Chocolate, Éclair, you name it. C’est mon péché mignon

Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Valerie: Peaceful – Tropical – Cultural describe my living in the mountains of Haiti.

Andrew: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
Valerie: I don’t drink, when I go out, I have the bartender make an iced tea and put it on a whisky glass just to not be bothered.

Andrew: What’s something you always travel with?
Valerie: A bible given to me by mother, it always needs to be on my nightstand.

Andrew: Who is your dream date (alive or dead) and what would you do?
Valerie: So many dream dates from Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, they’re such great actors and incredible souls! We’d definitely go dancing.

Carefully wrapped around this chair is the Past and Connection fabric. Curated with women native from Africa, each woman featured is unique but all signify the determination, perseverance, and commitment passed down from generation to generation.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Valerie: Simple, Elegant, du Luxe invisible (Invisible luxury).

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Valerie: An entire boutique hotel with nothing but our fabrics and wallpaper from bedding, curtains, pillows, chandelier, the whole nine yards.

Andrew: What are you most proud of?
Valerie: The reactions of our clients all over the world, when they see and receive our products, they use the words: love, inspire, obsessed and it melts my heart every single time

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Valerie: Zaha Hadid a true legend, her style is not modern but futuristic and pure. I’m so proud she’s a woman.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words
Valerie: Quality – Beauty – Haitian.

Not only can you find Yael and Valerie prints as exquisite wallpaper, but you can also purchase them as aprons, placemats, and pouches. These prints are so versatile you can upholster your furniture with them or effortlessly hang it up as curtains.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Valerie: My daughter and even the world. They push me to be the best version of myself, because how I see them is who I am.

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Valerie: Don’t be hard on yourself, life is a dance and you’re the dancer, not the other way around.

Andrew: A book that everyone should read?
Valerie: “The seat of the soul” by Gary Zukav. I was a changed woman when I finished this book.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Valerie: Beauty is deepness,
Beauty is connection.
Beauty resonates within and brings instant love and Joy.
Beauty is the image of love.

About The Maker | Valérie Louis is the Owner and Creative Director of Yaël & Valérie, a design company named for herself and her teenage daughter and inspired by Haitian Culture. This company creates High-End Fabrics, Wallpapers & Home accessories combining in perfect harmony, Art, Elegance, Caribbean colors and African Cultural Heritage.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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