FRENCH* Dorothée Walliser grew up in Paris until 1999, when she left for Manhattan to launch the outpost of the French luxury publisher, She published titles such as Axel Vervoordt, Artists’ Studios, and Antiquaires: Paris Flea Markets, amongst others; along the way, she worked with style icons such as Lee Radziwill on her book Happy Times, and Chef Alain Ducasse on Harvesting Excellence. American Photo even labeled her as one of the 100 most influential people in photography.
She moved on to the role of VP/Publisher at Hachette Filipacchi Media, creating many books on design, working with titles such as Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home.
Dorothée is now a licensed Feng Shui practitioner, specializing in interior design. She travels with her crazy dog Toby and her business partner and friend Diane (Scouser) on a shared mission to find beautiful things for French & Scouser, whilst also making time for her family back in Europe.
*French = one who hails from the country of France, in this case from the fabulous and endlessly chic city of Paris.
SCOUSER* Diane Ormrod is from Liverpool in the northwest of England. Her ability to evaluate a situation and make it work took her everywhere from producing publications such as Glamour, New York Magazine plus a stint at Martha Stewart Living, to overseeing the window decor of her client
ABC Carpet & Home.
Diane’s quirky sense of humour and her love of the imperfect shows up in much of her design sense. She has styled apartments and commercial spaces, and won awards for making ideas a reality—from a James Beard award-winning cookbook to producing international ad campaigns. She traversed the globe many times, planning events and producing publications in far-off places. During this time, whether it be in a Côte d’Ivoire market or a backstreet in Hong Kong, she developed a knack for finding unusual pieces, shipping them back to the US in containers for herself, family and friends. She still finds things on her travels, only now it’s for French & Scouser, and her dogs Dolly and Piper plus her calico cat Rosie join her—oh and Dorothée does too!
*Scouser = one who hails from the city of Liverpool in Northern England: Beatles, music, fashion, and fun—lots of it!
Combined, French & Scouser is a little bit European and a little bit American, a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll. Bouncing ideas off each other, they combine the style that each brings to the table.
They find the unique; the pieces that aren’t always perfect, but are always beautiful. Because, after all, no one really needs perfection, being somewhere that feels lovely is what matters most. French & Scouser spent their lifetimes doing that without realizing it. Now it’s time for them to share it.