[part title=”Joseph Biais ITW part 1″]
Hi Joseph how are you? Where are you now?
I’m in Torino. I was staying at this bike builder’s place for 3 or 4 days but I’m leaving today. It’s for a Carhartt tour that’ll be taking place next month. The idea behind it is that four skaters and four bike builders go to Fuerte Ventura (Canary Islands) for a week. I think it’ll be Pete, the Finnish guy who skates for Antiz, Joe Gavin from Manchester and an Italian dude.
So yeah, basically I came here to see how he puts together his bikes and to film some incidental stuff for the Carhartt clip. I think it’s going to be documentary style thing…
Sounds cool. Are you going back to Paris after that then? Are you done with Lille?
Yeah I go back to Paris in a few hours. I only spent those two years in Lille because I was studying there. After that I came back to Paris for an internship and decided to stay because my parents live close by and all my friends are in that city. Plus the fact that I found a cool flat with some good flatmates sealed the deal.
Are you going to look for a job now that you’ve finished your studies or are you just going to focus only on skateboarding?
For the time being I’m going to keep skating. I’m sick of having to balance skating and studying; I’ve been doing it for too long. When I was studying there was so much shit I couldn’t do (like go on skate trips), it was frustrating. So now that I have my degree, I’m sort of thinking ‘’it’s now or never!’’
Isn’t it “now or never” for the second time though? It’s funny how different your life is from most of the other aspiring Pro/sponsored skaters we meet…
Haha, yes it is indeed the second time… At one point I decided to switch up what I was studying. I was doing Biology, got my degree, but just wasn’t really into it so I decided to take a year off to skate and think about what I really wanted to do. Of course with the pressure from my parents and everything else I ended up starting another course a year later. I know what you mean though. It does seem like a lot of people do quit school for skating a little bit early.
Now that you have a second degree, do you know what kind of job you want to do after your skate “career”?
I studied International Marketing so it’s very general. I think I can work in a bunch of different sectors, but I’d like to end up in the skateboarding industry (with a brand or media) or in fashion. That was my last internship’s main focus and I really enjoyed it. I guess I just love clothes! Maybe doing something that mixes skateboarding and fashion could be cool.
Oh yeah of course, I forgot you were really into fashion. Your friends told me I had to ask you about ‘le fitting ‘. What aspects of fashion are you particularly interested in? Do you read fashion magazines, watch shows and stuff?
Well “le fitting’’ is a term I invented and started using with my friends. At the beginning we used the word “fité” (fit) to say something stylish but we would use it to describe clothes only. We would say stuff like “whoa that jacket is “fité” as fuck!’’. Except as time went by we started using it for pretty much everything! Spots, girls… everything. Now everybody uses it and it’s part of so many of my friend’s vocabulary!
As for fashion, I guess I just love clothes so I keep an eye out for when new collections drop. The place where I did my last internship had tons of fashion magazine subscriptions so I was particularly on it when I was over there. Plus I was kind of expected to be up to date with the new releases; it was part of my job…But no, I’m not crazy enough to go to shows or anything.
Where was this internship?
It was at Club Med; I was the product manager’s assistant. Club Med have got a few stores that mainly sell clothes and accessories. You’d be inclined to think that all they’d sell would be swimming trunks and sun block but not at all, they are just like normal clothing stores. One part of my job was picking and ordering the clothes their stores should carry. The other was developing the brand’s products, which was basically working on the new line as if it was for any other clothing company. Funnily enough their clothing line is much bigger than you’d expect. They make tons of stuff for men women and kids and even if it’s obviously not the sort of clothes I’m into it was really interesting to be involved in the production and design process. The other part of the job obviously wasn’t as fun but I guess learning about the logistics of this sort of thing is really useful.