Loren Denis’ “Essential List” in Little Black Book

Director Loren Denis shares her “Essentials List” with Little Black Book, which includes a dreamy staycation spot, her pet camera, and the best kebab in town.



Place of birth: Paris

Hometown: Paris

Staycation: Up north in my mom’s country house, in ‘baie de somme’

Vacation: Greece

Pet: My Olympus Muji II (!)… besides that we used to have a buzzard, a rabbit and a turtle when I was a kid, and this friendly bunch all lived in the same place: the kitchen (alive, I might add!)

Place of work: My living room, the couch, my bed…

Place of workout: The boxing ring


Mode of transportation: Legs, bike, subway, trains

Bonus travel essential: Camera, sunglasses, cap, boots


Artist: Baldessari, Basquiat, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Katushika Hokusai, Charlotte Lebon

Musician: Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Cave, Massive Attack, Cliff Martinez, Eminem, Jack White, Sebastien Tellier, Nina Simone

Commercials/music video director: Jonathan Glazer, Aoife McArdle, Dougal Wilson, Sarah Dunlop, Ringan Ledwidge, Romain Gavras, Megaforce, Gustav Johnansson, Jan Gleie, Michael Gondry

Film director: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Jean marc Vallee, Xavier Dolan, the Dardenne’s brothers, Wes Anderson, Spike Lee, the Coen brothers, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Alejandro Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron

Photographer: Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Ren Hang, Harley Weir, Coco Capitan, Juergen Teller, Alison Scarpulla, Steve McCurry, Theo Gosselin, Vivian Maier

Film: Alabama Monroe, Divines, La Grande Bellezza, La Haine

Series: True Detective Season 1

Commercial: Volkswagen (Jonathan Glazer), Canon (Jan Gleie)

Music Video: Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai), Karmacoma (Massive Attack), War Dance (Thylacine)

Video Game: Never really liked playing video games… I might have played on the first Sim City…?

Book: ‘Lettre d’une inconnue’ (Stefan Zweig)

Graphic Novel: ‘Jean Nouvel – 2007-2016 – Contemporary Reflections’

Podcast: I never really listen to any podcasts… should I?

Newspaper (off or online): We Demain

Magazine: M le monde, Purple, Vice

Bonus Culture Essential: I think we all need to spend more time listening to our elders… they know what’s up

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Tea, almonds, green juice (kind of boring I know!)

Restaurant: Ellsworth Paris because it’s just very good

Cheap bite: Tasted recently the best kebab in town at Grille Paris

Working lunch: H.A.N.D. They’re so lovely there and the food is excellent… it’s like the extension of our kitchen

Favourite Dish: Pesto pasta

Signature Dish: Yoghurt cake!

Snack: Medjool dates in winter, figs in summer

Guilty Pleasure: French fries, good old school bread, any kind of French cheese, dark chocolate, coffee with cream (full fat)

Bar: Nope… sorry not much of a drinker I’m afraid

Booze: I never even order whole drinks as I can’t finish them (pretty pathetic for a French girl, right?) Ok… maybe cider when I’m having crepes 😉

Not Booze: Coconut water

Bonus Food: Pasta. With pesto.

Bonus Beverage: Coconut water



Phone: Just bought an iPhone X after my 6S totally died on me

Computer: Same… just got a new MacBook pro because my previous one (12 years old, bless his soul) almost died in the middle of a big competition.

TV: Pioneer plasma screen, 15 years old, I give you a good price for it. To watch documentaries and films because the rest drives me crazy… even if I know it’s a bit contradictory since my work is to make commercials 🙂

Headphones: Funny you should ask, because I always had the biggest knots in my Apple headphones while I  was making calls and I had no problem with it… until I tried the Airpods. So Airpods are an extension of me now, and my primary headphones.

Camera: Leica Q (but all the other letters are quite ok as well)

Soundsystem: A Bang and Olufsen system that I bought almost 17 years ago… unbreakable and still beautiful.

Pen / pencil: Definitely a pencil in order to erase and start again!

Casual Clothing: Sweater, jeans and sneakers

Smart Clothing: Sweater, jeans and boots

Footwear: Converse

Watch: No watch needed, I look at the sun and I know (Crocodile Dundee style)

Collection: Dried out pens, extremely ugly key chains, pocket change from Latvia and Ukraine, Iphone 6s with non-functioning Apple earphones, hair bands and an unhealthy amount of 1 and 2GB USA keys, all in a bowl placed for your viewing pleasure in the entrance of our home.

App: Shazam, VSCO, Instagram


Blog: Just discovered recently. The ‘pute’ page is hilarious!

Work program: Keynote, I still love doing my docs on it!

Digital work tool: Photoshop! Otherwise, I used to be good on Final Cut 7 (not available anymore unfortunately. I was so, so sad when it disappeared)

Analogue work tool: Bringing my films to the lab

Morning grooming/makeup essential: An Armani concealer that never leaves me!

Bonus Kit Essential: Never wear a pair of the same earrings, I always go solo


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