As part of the second of our Inspirational People series, come and meet Apollonia Poilâne, baker extraordinaire and CEO of Poilâne, nicknamed “the Louis Vuitton of boulangeries” by the New Yorker Magazine.
Apollonia will talk to Frédérique Andréani, founder of The Good Hedonist, about her extraordinary journey, as well as share her advice for fellow businesswomen. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Poilâne was founded by Apollonia’s grandfather in 1932. The Parisian bakery is famous for its unique sourdough bread, with admirers past and present such as Salvador Dali, Steven Spielberg, Gérard Depardieu and Robert De Niro. When both her parents died in a helicopter accident in 2002, Apollonia inherited the business, aged 18, which she managed for four years while studying at Harvard. She has since turned it into a truly global luxury brand, with two locations in London on top of its four Parisian branches, and daily exports to 40 countries, through a network of 1,500 retailers.
Over a career spanning 20 years, journalist, life coach and consultant Frédérique Andreani has interviewed dozens of fascinating personalities, including Tony Blair, Vincent Cassel and Paul Smith, and has worked alongside high profile CEOs, entrepreneurs, chefs and creatives, as well as with criminals, law enforcers and charities. She is the founder of The Good Hedonist, Mighty Muse and Chic-Londres.
Tickets are £10 and include a selection of pastries and artisan breads from the Poilâne bakery and teas & coffees.