Men from Provence of their Times

Often possessing a taste for boules and pastis, the Provençal male cannot, however, be reduced to these charming clichés. Winemaker, fashion designer, chef or sculptor, here are four unique personalities that reflect the many facets of this man from the South.
By Mélissa Darré

Ludovic Turac, Marseille’s Cooking Prodigy

In his restaurant Une Table au Sud, overlooking the Old Port of Marseille, Ludovic Turac gives pride of place to a creative regional cuisine. After earning his stripes in the kitchens of prestigious institutions such as the Bristol and the Hotel du Castellet, this archetypal Marseille native was recently awarded a Michelin star. In his recipes he combines a taste for the authentic with an inventive spirit; a dexterity that makes this young chef one of the rising stars of the scene at just 26 years old.

www.unetableausud.com

Simon Porte, Fashion World Phenomenon

A self-taught fashion designer from Salon-de-Provence, Simon Porte has managed to climb the ranks of the small world of fashion since 2009, thanks to his fresh and surprising designs. Known as "Jacquemus" in tribute to his mother, his label with its 90s style, seduces with the evocation of its founder’s roots and memories. His offbeat and positive universe, based around conceptual pieces with graphic lines and bright colors, has established itself as an ode to the sweet life of Provence.

www.jacquemus.com

Matthias de Malet, Sculptor of the Garrigue

From his studio in Lourmarin, in the Vaucluse, Matthias de Malet sculpts green wood from the Mediterranean Basin. Juniper burl, turpentine tree, strawberry tree or hackberry metamorphose under the expert hands of this rare artisan into ever more personal creations. Thanks to a unique know-how acquired alongside professionals of the region, this lover of species from the local scrubland the garrigue shapes many complex pieces, filled with power as much as poetry, to suit his desires and inspirations.

www.demalet.fr

Julien Bréchet, An Instinctive Winemaker

Representing the fifth consecutive generation of the historic Domaine des Bosquets winery, Julien Bréchet is one of those enthusiasts with wine flowing in his veins. Having cut his teeth with winemaker Eric de Saint-Victor, Julien continued to follow his instincts, and joined the family business looking to make a dream come true, with sharing as the watchword. Today producing his 8th vintage, the grandson of winemaker Gabriel Meffre only leaves his native Vaucluse in order to share the identity and history that shape his wines.

www.famillebrechet.fr

Ludovic Turac, Marseille’s Cooking Prodigy
Ludovic Turac, Marseille’s Cooking Prodigy
In his restaurant Une Table au Sud, Ludovic Turac gives pride of place to a creative regional cuisine
© Ludovic Combe
Simon Porte, Fashion World Phenomenon
Simon Porte, Fashion World Phenomenon
A self-taught fashion designer from Salon-de-Provence, Simon Porte has managed to climb the ranks of the small world of fashion since 2009
© Schnati Weiss
Matthias de Malet, Sculptor of the Garrigue
Matthias de Malet, Sculptor of the Garrigue
From his studio in Lourmarin, Matthias de Malet sculpts green wood from the Mediterranean Basin
© Matthias de Malet
Julien Bréchet, An Instinctive Winemaker
Julien Bréchet, An Instinctive Winemaker
Representing the fifth generation of the Domaine des Bosquets winery, Julien Bréchet is one of those enthusiasts with wine flowing in his veins
© Julien Bréchet

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