While we know all about Karl Lagerfeld’s lavish lifestyle (and that of his cat, Choupette, too!), we’ve now gotten a glimpse of what it’s like to work for the Chanel designer. His personal secretary, Sebastien Jondeau, has opened up about life with Karl – from fancy cars to fitness musts.
“I’ve worked for Karl for more than 16 years, since I was 23, but I’ve known him since I was 15,” he told Harper’s Bazaar.
“My step-father ran an 18th century furniture business that I worked for sometimes, and Karl was a big collector. I was always asking Karl questions.
“He knows everything, and he was so much cooler than I was. I wasn’t stupid, but I was curious… I became close with Karl because I was funnier than the other guys. I did my job, but I asked questions, and he liked that.”
Karl splits the majority of his time between Paris and New York, meaning that Sebastien is required to do a lot of travelling.
“When I travel with Karl, we take the place about twice a week, from the South of France to America or to Italy then back to Paris. If we’re in the south, we take the plane to work in Paris in the morning and then go back at night,” he said.
“Whenever I’m with Karl, I drive his car. We have two Rolls-Royces: a black one in Paris and a blue convertible in Monaco.”
But don’t worry, the top down is no obstacle for Karl’s legendary ponytail. Sebastien added, “No, Karl’s hair doesn’t fly out of his ponytail in a convertible. It doesn’t move!”
One of the most surprising requirements for the job is that Sebastien has to stay fit, running between six and 15 miles a day.
“It’s very important that I do my sport – I run – because I have to protect Karl,” he mentioned about his boss, who will talk to anyone and everyone.
“It’s sometimes too public in a restaurant, but I’m there to calm people down. Karl is the nice one; I’m the bad one. He will talk to anyone: presidents, queens, cleaning ladies. But I have to keep him moving.”
One of Karl’s prized possessions that doesn’t need to worry about protection – his cat. “Choupette doesn’t have to worry about security,” Sebastien continued. “She never goes outside, unless she’s traveling with us. No risks for her!”