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Lucky for Life: Lolita Cros and Alice Moitié

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Lucky for Life
Family, Friendship, Lucky
Words by Emilia Petrarca, Imagery by Seana Redmond
"I would like to thank Alice for keeping the cousin-ship alive and for making an effort. Everyone has cousins, but not everyone has a good relationship with them. So I thank her for staying in my life."

There’s a reason the friendship bracelet has long been the sartorial symbol of platonic love. Colourful, characterful and one-of-a-kind, it’s an apt embodiment of what true connection feels like. As we get older and our relationships (hopefully) mature, there’s something lovely about the humble friendship bracelet evolving with us. A favourite for over twenty years, the Lucky bracelets’ charms and intricate woven style are the grown-up version of a childhood classic.

Here, we take a closer look at some of the dynamic duos we admire, whether they’re friends, sisters, or mothers and daughters. Because let’s face it, there’s something about the bond between women — how it blossoms, survives and thrives over time — that’s just so intriguing.

Lolita Cros, an independent curator and art dealer based in New York, and Alice Moitié, a director and photographer based in Paris are best friends but also cousins. This perhaps helps to explain the fact that they’ve been able to maintain such a strong long-distance relationship for so many years. In fact, they’d describe themselves as something like sisters — ones who fight and taunt each other in the name of love. “There’s video footage of us fighting when we’re around two,” says Lolita. “We're not great walkers yet, but we’re dancing and singing in the mirror — and beating each other up.”

Although they grew up together as small children, from the ages of 11 to 18, their families moved apart. But they stayed in touch on Facebook, and reconnected when they happened to run into each other one day in Paris. The rest is history.

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You’re family, so you know each other super well. But is there anything that you've learned about the other over time that has surprised you?

Alice: We stopped seeing each other for, like, ten years. But when I ran into her, and we reconnected, it was weird because we had pretty much the same sense of humor, even though we’d lived completely different lives. It's the same French humor. Also, weirdly enough, even her friends in New York are kind of the same friends as mine. Like, I have friends who know Lolita from other people, which is super weird.

Lolita: Yeah, it's like, you can't take Paris out of a girl, but you can take the girl out of Paris, or whatever. We kept running into each other every time we were separated. We also both ended up in creative fields, which I think is a big thing. I have a creative family, and we were raised with that being an option for life. But it's still interesting that we're both self-employed and we're around creative people at all times.

When was the last time you called the other and why?

Lolita: I called two weeks ago to ask if she was coming to Christmas.

Alice: And also to gossip. Always. But only about us and our boyfriends.

If your friendship or relationship was a song, which song would it be?

Alice: “Partir Un Jour” by 2be3.

Lolita: Or a Spice Girls song: “Viva Forever.”

Alice: I was the red head. She was my favorite. I wanted to be her so bad.

Lolita: Baby Spice and Sporty Spice were probably my favorite.

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What's your favorite trip you've ever taken together?

Alice: Marrakesh?

Lolita: But we fought a lot. I guess we fought less in Marrakesh. I remember having a long conversation with you and your mom in your hotel room. So that was a nice memory.

Alice: The food! The breakfast.

Lolita: I also remember Corsica.

Alice: Oh, yeah. But it was windy. That's my memory of Corsica.

Lolita: I don't remember that. I just remember fighting.

What were all these fights over?

Lolita: That one I remember in Corsica was about socks. The dumbest things.

Alice: Always. Also, we were jealous of each other. I was super jealous of Lolita because she had a princess bed, which was just one that had a mosquito net over it. But when I was little, it was the best. And she was jealous because I could wear platform shoes when I was nine. But her mom wouldn't allow her. So we were always fighting about something the other had. Which, thankfully it's not the same anymore. I'm really happy Lolita is so successful. I'm super proud. All my friends were very disappointed when she got married. She was always my hot American cousin.

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What is the last gift you gave each other?

Alice: At her own wedding, Lolita gave me a camera. It was a toy camera that I had when I was like six, which is insane. It's Fisher Price and it's blue, yellow, and red. It was amazing because I forgot about it. She nailed it.

Lolita: And Alice gave me Balenciaga shoes for the wedding, which were really nice. They're my only comfortable high heels.

Do you have a similar or different style?

Lolita: Opposite.

Alice: Lolita loves classic stuff, which is great because when she buys something, it's going to last forever. And I’m more like, ohhhh! If I see something that's shiny with a lot of patterns on it, I'm like, okay, let's buy it.

What's the best advice you've gotten from the other?

Alice: I guess money wise, it's always Lolita who has good advice. I'm bad with money. She's smarter.

Lolita: You give me good advice on relationships and life. Alice is the queen of not holding grudges. She just doesn't. Like everybody, she's gotten screwed over many times in her life by many different people. And she's got this really healthy ability to let go, and not even avoid people. She just accepts them for who they are and moves on to protect herself. I try to learn from that.

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Lolita picked a Lucky bracelet with Passion charm.

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Which Lucky bracelets did you pick and why?

Alice: I picked Strength. I feel like strength is what I need the most. I have the luck, but I need the strength to continue! Lolita had a stuffed animal dalmatian when she was little named Lucky and I was really jealous of it.

Lolita: I picked the Passion bracelet, I'm wearing it now. I picked it for two reasons. One, I think it's important to keep having passion for what you do. If I had to pick one word for everybody in my family, I would say passion animates them. And the second thing is it looks like the “Spiral Jetty,” which is a great land artwork by Robert Smithson that I have a personal relationship with because I got into a car accident on my way there.

If you could describe your relationship in one word what word would it be?

Alice: Sisterlike, I think.

Lolita: Yeah. If there's a word that summarizes that movie, The Parent Trap. That's basically what we are.

Two words: Parent Trap. What is something that you would like to thank each other for?

Lolita: I would like to thank her for keeping the cousin-ship alive and for making an effort. Everyone has cousins, but not everyone has a good relationship with them. So I thank her for staying in my life.

Alice: I thank her for loving me. It's nice to feel like you have a sister... I know if I do something bad, she's not going to judge me, but she's going to make fun of me and yell at me, which is the best.

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