INTERVIEW: Sebastien Montabonel

NAME Sebastien Montabonel

OCCUPATION Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Art Institutions of the 21st Century Foundation

NATIONALITY French

AGE 39 + 1

BACKGROUND: Country Boy

WHAT DO YOU DO TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF: I call Bayo for a drink

WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO ART? My passion for William Eggleston and Lewis Baltz

MODERN OR OLD MASTER? Modern

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? Photography, Video Art and Neon

PARIS OR LONDON? London

ARE YOU THE MODERN EUROPEAN MAN? Hopefully

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR? That one day, the fun stops

TALK TO ME ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ARTS? Ridiculous

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE? Publicly Minded and Privately Funded

CLASSIC OR CONTEMPORARY? Contemporary

TELL ME ABOUT BESPOKE IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? Ultimate men’s luxury

BEST EXPERIENCE IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS? An unplanned night out with Don Thomas

WORST EXPERIENCE IN THE LAST WEEK? The flu

YOU ONCE SAID ART IS TO FASHION AS CHIPS ARE TO FISH….COULD YOU EXPLAIN? Unhealthy combination, however it’s a classic!

HOW DO YOU SEE LUXURY? As far as I’m concerned it’s one of the greatest pleasure in life

CHAMPAGNE OR VODKA? Straight vodka on the rocks

LACE UPS OR SLIP-ONS? Slip-ons

DO YOU IRON? I wish I was that talented

SMART OR CASUAL? Casual

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IS THAT A POKIT SUIT YOU’RE WEARING ON THAT PICTURE? Yes it's an unlined fine flannel...and the best of it is that they’ve managed to do it without asking if my c**k was hanging on the left or right!

PHOTOGRAPH: Andrew G Hobbs