June 14, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Sealed With a Kiss

Photography by Denise Crew

As Michele Bohbot prepares to celebrate 20 years of her Beverly Hills-based fashion label Bisou Bisou, it’s hard to imagine where she finds the time to be a doting, ever-present mother of seven and a loving wife; or finds spare moments for her beloved pastimes of yoga and painting.

But it’s keeping busy that the French-born designer does best, ever since launching her powerhouse label in 1989 — a business born from a healthy mix of passion and desperation; after her and husband Marc’s gym business dried up their savings.

“We came (to LA from Paris) and we invested everything and lost everything … so two years after being here, my husband didn’t want to stay here anymore. We were bankrupt,†Michele told WT as she relaxed at her luxurious Beverly Hills estate; her children studying and playing upstairs.

“We had three little children and I was pregnant with my number four. I didn’t want to go back. I was kind of feeling responsible because I dragged my husband to come here with a lot of promises and good future.â€

Despite Marc’s reservations about Michele starting her own fashion line due to her lack of experience, he supported his wife, who now spends her time between offices in LA, New York and Paris.

“Marc wanted to go back … the earthquakes, the pollution, the life here was very hard for us — it was a cultural shock,†Michele says.

“We decided we would at least make back the money we had lost by creating my line of clothes. My husband didn’t really believe me because he had a doubt about how a little girl with no experience in the design field, can start.â€

Her label Bisou Bisou, which translates to Kiss Kiss, is best described as Parisian street fashion meets modern American. The collection, sold exclusively in JC Penney, incorporates sportswear, denim, sexy dresses as well as shoes, outerwear, handbags, and accessories.

“I wanted to create a new look for America: sexy elegance without vulgarity,†says Michele.

“I wanted to give to every woman a small kiss and for her to have something from me in her closet.â€

That small wish, combined with her big dream, has helped build the life she and her family had always wanted.

The same passion that fuels her fashion business has spilled over to her love of yoga and art, with the whitewashed walls of her home adorned with her vibrant artworks; and her sculptured arms proof of her dedication to fitness.

Her love of art began as a child, yet she only recently began to devote more time producing paintings. With a focus on the four elements — earth, air, water and fire — Michele’s art is also wearable, as she is beginning to transfer some of her favorite works onto fabric used in her Bisou Bisou collection.

With her finely sculptured body, which could be mistaken as belonging to someone half her age, is achieved through mindful workouts, she says, rather than forceful, repetitive, sweat-producing movements that work against the body’s natural rhythm.

“You don’t need to be like a maniac and sweat or go and do yoga 24/7. You just have to find the right balance for you … to be passionate about it and love what you are doing,†Michele explains.

“I love working out so much because I don’t sweat. If you do it the right way and you’re having fun, it can be done.â€

Michele has been honored with several professional accolades including Best Contemporary Designer (2001 Dallas Fashion Awards), one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (2002) and the Raw Spirit Award for Esteemed Entrepreneur of the Year (2008).

She was also a motivational guest speaker with the Learning Annex and donated her extensive yoga experience to programs with the Boys and Girls Club of America and Step Up Women’s Network.

in News
Related Posts

Marina del Rey Sportfishing: A Great Day on the Water

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Fishing is a pastime like no other. You can experience the nostalgia of that pastime in real time at Marina...

University of Miami President to Replace Gene Block Amid Controversy

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Julio Frenk Named New UCLA Chancellor at UC Regents Meeting The search for a new chancellor at UCLA is over....

Culver City Police Collaborate with VA and LASD to Aid Unhoused Veteran

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Joint Efforts Lead to Successful Assistance for a Veteran in Need The Culver City Police Mental Evaluation Team collaborated with...

West Hollywood Kicks Off WeHo Pride Arts Festival This Weekend

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Celebration Features Diverse LGBTQ+ Events From June 14-16 Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of...

30th Anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman Murders Commemorated with Virtual Vigil

June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

Family Honors Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in Virtual Candlelight Vigil This week marks the 30th anniversary of the...

Culver City PRCS Hosts Summer Splash Kick-Off Event

June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

Join PRCS for Fun-Filled Recreational Swim Activities The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) department of Culver City is gearing...

Students for Justice in Palestine Establish Third Encampment on the UCLA Campus on June 10

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

UCLA Administration Calls in Four Police Groups Within Two Hours, Arrests 27 Pro-Palestinian protesters briefly established a third encampment on...

Los Angeles City Council Postpones Vote on Marilyn Monroe’s Former Home

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Decision on Historic Monument Status Rescheduled for June 26  After Judge James Chalfant issued a preliminary decision on the motion...

AMC Theatres Unveils Eight Money-Saving Deals for Summer Movie Season

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Enjoy Discounted Tickets, Special Promotions, and Fan Favorites at AMC If you are a movie lover who has not been...

Hang-Ten Therapeutics-Surf Therapy for Kids: Catching Waves and Finding your Calm

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

A different type of therapy is making waves in Los Angeles. Hang-Ten Therapeutics, founded by Naomi Matanick, a licensed pediatric...

(Video) The Opening of Pico Roots Marketplace in Santa Monica

June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Lots of friendly vendors with wonderful gifts, cards, clothing, decor, and coffee beans available at 1819 Pico Boulevard. @culvercitywlanews The...

Tien Pham Connects Personal History with Role in Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Sympathizer”

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Family’s Harrowing Escape From Vietnam Mirrors the Acclaimed HBO Max Series Vietnamese American actor-musician-producer Tien Pham finds a deep connection...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Debuts Refreshing Summer Menu with New Boba and Matcha Drinks

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Enjoy Four New Beverages and Exclusive Boba Happy Hours from June 10 to June 13 The Coffee Bean & Tea...

FDA Issues Warning on Potentially Contaminated Shellfish from Oregon and Washington

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

Shellfish From These Areas Carries Risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning The FDA has issued an alert advising consumers, restaurants, and...

(Video) Pro-Palestine Student Protesters at UCLA Set Up a Third Encampment on Monday Afternoon

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

UCPD and the UCLA Administration almost immediately called in UCPD, LAPD, Culver City Police Department and California Highway Patrol officers....