Opia Advent DAY 20 with Etienne de Swardt


Etienne de Swardt

CEO & Founder, Etat Libre d'Orange

Are you a Christmas lover?
It took me decades to embrace this family fair into something peaceful and tranquil. I have turned the adult age until Christmas became something joyful and to be cherished. Vindicate for the beloved who are no more eternal.

Do you have any Holiday / Christmas traditions?
Just the tree, the rest is elusive 

What is your favourite food during the holidays?
 Chicken curry and pink champagne.

What is your most vivid childhood memory of Christmas?
1979 My dad received his french citizenship and his friends gave him a real pig and a real rooster under a Christmas tree. I played with both of them like new family members and the day after we ate them. Insane but still vivid.

What is on your wish list this holiday season / Christmas?
 a south african soaring plane (Jonker JS1 revelation see attached) to glide on top of the loire valley where I have a small cottage in between Blois and Vendôme. I do hope that one day this dream will become true.

What was your favourite Christmas present as a child?
A dumb brown spotted dalmatian.

Which gift did you want but never get?
a talkie walkie + an air gun rifle to celebrate the NRA of Charlton Eston ;-)

If you have to choose the perfect gift for your best friend / loved one what would it be?
Supercharged Xanax, a good bottle of Chardonnay in the fridge and a Visa card still not blocked by the bank.

All Images: Courtesy of Etat Libre d’Oranges, www.etatlibredoranges.com