1995. Knowing that every morning Kenzo Parfums’ CEO would arrive an hour before everyone else and would be at the office to open the door, Mathias Ohrel got up early to get his first job in the luxury industry. The morning after this encounter, he became Product Manager, prior to heading the brand’s small Marketing Team (product development and launches, events design and trade marketing, CRM and early internet strategy, even managing a client’s portfolio). When the brand’s creator Kenzo Takada left, Mathias Ohrel worked on the brand’s strategy as a whole and created kOzen ([kaos]&[zen]), a new label and internet site renewing Kenzo’s voice and image. kOzen served as an experimental trends laboratory while providing a powerful marketing tool, garnering numerous awards and blazing a new trail in luxury brand communication strategies.
After six years’ worth of operational and strategic experience, Mathias became a journalist and editor (Les Inrockuptibles, Magazine, Jalouse, Mixt(e), Rezo, Elle, Radio Nova, L’Officiel, Beaux Arts Magazine, DS), and soon became specialized in writing profiles. Along with his editorial activities he started his own consultancy in strategy and communication (especially in e-business and web design) for Dior, Hermès, Puiforcat, Colette, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Galeries Lafayette, Paris Première, Canal +, Le Public Système, and others. He worked on brand content and put together ad hoc creative teams to carry out the projects he thought up. Moreover he was the head editor for the special issues of Beaux Arts Magazine, la “Société de la Fashion” and “Vies modes d’emploi.”
It was while preparing a profile for Beaux Arts Magazine in 2005, that Mathias met a headhunter specialized in the luxury industry. He persuaded him to join his company and helped him to discover his vocation: to be an alchemist who matched brands’ content with the talent capable of projecting it into the future. For three years Mathias successfully worked developing the creative unit at Sterling, in charge of recruitment linked to product and brand content: design and style, creative direction, but also the general management, marketing, communication, merchandising, production, purchases and sales departments.
Persuaded that the methods and conditions at headhunting companies evolved too slowly in a world where talent became increasingly important for organizations, Mathias launched m-O in 2009. He is determined to give innovative advice to companies needing strong doses of creative added-value (fashion, luxury, design, architecture and media industries) and give them the breath of fresh air they need, utilizing his natural empathy and a capacity to simultaneously evaluate candidates and nurture brands’ vision and organization.
In 2009, Mathias directed the Men Under Construction book, published by Editions du Regard jointly with Première Vision. He writes regularly for French media. For the last 20 years he has contributed regularly to Rencontres, published by Magazine. Mathias holds a Bba Essec, is a San Francisco State University graduate and earned an International Business degree from the Sorbonne University. He speaks French, English and Spanish.
Céline Toledano is an accomplished professional with a longstanding commitment to the fashion world.
Starting her career in 1984, she worked together with iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld as his Collection Director for 6 years, and was instrumental in the outstanding development of his ready-to-wear collections. She then moved on to the luxury French brand Céline as Collection Director for ready-to-wear and accessories, where she was able to expand her range of skills to the creative management of accessories and leather goods. She eventually held similar positions at Nina Ricci, and more recently at Sonia Rykiel from 2003 to 2010.
In 2010, just prior to joining m-O, Céline collaborated with Stéphane Wargnier for the creation of the 4th year curriculum at Ecole de la Chambre syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, one of France’s leading fashion design schools. She currently teaches at the Institut Français de la Mode, in parallel to her recruiting activities at m-O, thus leveraging natural synergies between her two occupations.
With a career spent collaborating with top fashion designers and their styling teams for the development of numerous ready-to-wear and accessories collections, Céline is perfectly versed in all aspects of the creation process and its management. Her expertise spans from a proven ability to identify the key elements essential to the establishment of a strong brand identity, to the intuition required to develop and launch successful products, and the overall direction of creative teams towards that goal. With first-hand experiences working closely with creative studios, workshops, product developers, production services, sales, retail, merchandising and communication teams, Céline fully understands the importance of harmonious collaborative processes between all actors of the creative chain.
Years spent building and running creative teams, now combined with her role educating young fashion talents, her disposition for knowledge transmission and excellence, and an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry are all qualities and skills that allow Céline to be particularly efficient in the identification of creative talents on behalf of m-O’s clients.
Céline is also a professional ballet dancer. She speaks French, English and Italian.
At the end of the 90s and after a decade in the financial press, Angélique Aubert stepped into the adventurous world of start-ups by accompanying the first website dedicated to art, n@rt, then a pioneer in the field.
At the end of the Internet bubble – and still driven by her twofold passion for contemporary art and business – she discovered a very different world by joining to Société Générale, where she created and managed the department of artistic patronage and developed the bank’s contemporary art collection for ten years. Placing art at the service of a brand, communicating, initiating and coalescing audiences around art to make it as accessible and culturally relevant as possible became Angélique’s message.
In 2013, Laurent Dumas, art collector and founder of the real estate group Emerige, entrusted her with the task of setting up the department of artistic patronage of his Group, to accompany the collector’s preexisting artistic engagements. Subsequently, Angélique also launched the Emerige Endowment Fund and created the Emerige Revelations Grant, a prize for young artists to provide them with a professional springboard. While managing the important contemporary art collection of Laurent Dumas, she also oversaw artistic commissions for the real estate programs of 1 immeuble/1 œuvre, under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture.
Encouraging meetings between companies, institutions, associations, and foundations – from the world of art and culture but equally from other sectors of the creative industries – while encouraging vocations, creating links and building bridges: this is Angélique’s expertise.
In September 2018, she decided to apply her knowledge of these different worlds to more personal ends by joining m-O Conseil to develop projects under the broad umbrella of the cultural sector.
In addition, she continues to advise companies and collectors to assist them in their cultural project development. Passionate about art, but also music and especially jazz, her preferred escape is that of a concert.
Caroline Félix-Faure and Mathias were together in 6th grade at Paul Gauguin Middle School in Papeete, Tahiti. Let’s say that she had not waited to graduate from business school to support and structure her friends’ projects, a path she kept following for the past twenty years, advising a handful of French entrepreneurs.
Within various activities and sectors such as exporting baby eels to Asian markets, initiating a catering service dedicated to High Net Worth Individuals, organizing logistics and transport for the Davos conference, structuring a design house, raising capital to finance start-ups, growing an established Parisian restaurant group, managing a pharmaceutical product distribution company in Western Africa, launching movie production house or music label… Caroline has dedicated her organizational, management & strategic skills to both start-ups & more established companies to enable their growth.
She joined m-O in 2011 as General Manager, in charge of operations and development. She still advises some entrepreneurs who value her faithful, insightful and free, yet structured vision.
Acting as Walt Disney’s Little Mermaid, she could have fallen for red carpets and flashes, but Caroline tries not to always be where she is expected, and then instead she decided to focus her attention on others, by developing and optimizing the qualities and skills of the organizations and people she advises. Keeping her eyes and mind open, yet valuing efficiency, Caroline empowers m-O consultants to focus on the core of their mission: constructing alchemies.
She graduated from HEC (MBA – French #1 business school), from Paris Dauphine University (International Economy MSc) as well as from UCSD (San Diego, California, USA). She speaks French and English.