We had the good fortune of connecting with Jul Thiebaud and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jul, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Talking with various people in my car design network I had quite a few requests on how to sell these designers’ products, place them. After a while I figured I should just regroup everybody under one umbrella and organize this a bit!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I went to college for Product and Industrial Design, in France. My first job was with an automotive supplier designing interiors, then went on to work for a car manufacturer in France and finally, until today, starting working for a Japanese manufacturer here in the US (and in Japan in fact). In my day job I specialize in Lighting Design, both for the interior and exterior of the vehicle. My passion on the side is to design watches, which I have had a bit of success with over the last few years. Rogue Collective is a natural extension of my day job and passion projects.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hands down Cabrillo National Monument. I love that spot, I have an annual pass and try to go every week if I am in San Diego. You can enjoy views to the North and South of the coast and the most beautiful view(s) of downtown in a quiet and peaceful environment. Perfect to recharge!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Double shoutout to Laurent Nivalle and Nicolas Rousselet. Photographer extraordinaire, Laurent is the reason we started this whole adventure. We had known each other for many years, I had always admired his work and he motivated me to jump in and create Rogue Collective. Nicolas Rousselet is our most prolific artist, absolutely insane and insanely talented, working with him is just pure fun! We now have “Nico” represented in the US, in Europe and even in Japan, car enthusiasts everywhere love his work as much as we do.