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Harold Mackeene

In praise of simplicity.
A designer who travels and thinks graphically, like his accessories.

Born in Brussels, where his father was a diplomat, Harold has always traveled.
Together with his brother, he created the Mackeene brand ( of men’s accessories, combining nautical sports and creative elegance. His life revolves around photography, graphics and design. Not just from a creative standpoint, but also in terms of logistics, production, accounting and sales.
“All this gives me the chance to move from one country to another. But the one I love the most is the one with the waves, the sunshine, the turtles and those splendid parrots you can keep as pets.”

I feel elegant: when I open a door for a woman, when I take off my sunglasses to look someone in the eye – to me, elegance isn’t about appearance: it’s a way of being.
My dream outfit: don’t have one in particular, but I appreciate the value of beautiful materials. I admire quality objects, products that are the result of creative design and artisanal expertise.
Luxury is: like elegance, a state of mind. Linked to quality of life. For example, I place a high value on sipping a cold beer while I watch the waves roll in at sundown.
The best gift ever: the words “I love you”, when they come from the person you are truly in love with.
In my suitcase: boots, jeans, crew neck sweater, white shirts, bathing suit, cotton t-shirt and a few pairs of sunglasses.
My favorite places:
- Autumn in New York, or Paris: the city, in any case;
- Winter in the Caribbean, with the parrots;
- Spring on the wild beaches of Normandy;
- Summer in the Mediterranean.

My playlist: mostly electronic, especially when it’s not too commercial. Sometimes I spend hours and hours listening to new artists on Soundcloud. You can find them on my site.
Interior Design: light is my passion, my final touch… so candles are indispensable.
My favorite book: “The Einstein Enigma”, by José Rodrigues dos Santos.
Fears: of reneging on a promise, of slacking off in time.
Never: act on a purely emotional impulse.
Always: take your time and exercise the necessary patience.
My favorite Apps: Gmail, Instagram, Soundcloud.
My places in Paris:
- Restaurants: Obermama, Ellsworth, Beefclub
- Bars: Café Père et Fils, Lockwood
- Night Clubs: No Comments, Montana, Silencio or the Bagatel
- Shops: Loft, Sandro
- Markets: Marché Bio de Raspail, Hédonie Health food
- Sports club: Ken Club
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