Louise- everyone needs a great advisor!

Introduction for Louise Lintilhac:

I like to give Louise (aka Weeze, Weezer, Wee, Weezer-doodle, the list goes on) credit where credit is deserved. She was the first person I ever saw wearing jewelry made from bike inner tubes, she introduced me to Hans, suggested that Hans and I a) move to Waterbury instead of staying in the Mad River Valley, after moving back home from California and declared that we must get Stowe passes! I am forever grateful for all that advice!  

Where did you grow up and where are you today?

Louise Lintilhac, Waterbury, VT, Vermont is my home and on many levels, always will be. It's the place in this world that speaks to me the most with its soft beauty. I spent a few years in Colorado where I met the fabulous Alix Klein and there will always be a place in my heart for Crested Butte. That town taught me the importance of community and friendship and no matter where I am in the world, I try to actively live with those two things in mind. The place does not make the person, the person makes the place.  

How did you meet Alix?

I thought Alix was a badass freeride skiing athlete and so one day I asked her if I could chase her around the mountain and we've been friends ever since. She also makes me great sandwiches and I love that.

 What are your hobbies and sports?

Skiing, mountain biking, gravel riding, CrossFit, reading, traveling, napping, snacking 

Skiing image: Louise in front, Alix bringing up the rear.


What would your ideal day look like?

I don't have one but here are some options: A little work, a little play and some hang time with friends OR All day outside skiing and biking with friends and then quiet chill time at home and early bedtime OR Gym sesh, ski/bike sesh and hang with friends. I basically want to do it all and I love everything. I have no favorite day.

 If you could change one thing about the world for the better, what would it be?

Again, I don't think I can pick. I'm a generalist, not a specialist and I choose different causes to support at different times. There is so much work that needs to be done in this world that choosing one thing is hard for me, but I'd say if we could all spend some time trying to picture ourselves in other people's shoes, there would be more empathy in this world.

 Tell me about a time when you learned a hard lesson and what you took away from it?

Ooof, too many to count. Let's just say I've learned that you can never wait for people to give you opportunities, you have to seek things out and make them happen for yourself. You can waste an entire lifetime being bitter about not getting a break or you can try to create your own break. Obviously power and privilege politics have a lot to do with opportunity as well, but I think that with that in mind, this rule still applies for many things. 


Tell me about a time you had success and what you learned from it?

When I left Crested Butte where I first really connected with a community, I wanted to make sure that I didn't lose that and so when I moved back to Vermont, I worked really hard with my husband Dana to create a supportive community here as well. And again, I come back to the fact that I learned that you make the place, The place does not make you. Now we have a wonderful community of family and friends here that I love.

How do you relate to your ABD jewelry?

ABD jewelry is, in many ways, the physical representation of how I can be both feminine and athletic. They are not mutually exclusive like we were taught for so many years. You can have muscles and be elegant, you can be covered in dirt and still be beautiful. 


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