The Heroine’s Journey of Maud Simons

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Creating. And the calmness i feel when i´m alone in my atelier.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness for me is when all the people I love are happy. To be free of worries and to be healthy and succesful.

What is my greatest fear? I have many ,but losing Isabel (my child)  is the biggest fear of them all. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I  get stressed or nervous  easily, but I can handle it most of the time! And  I’m not as social as i would líke to be.

What is my greatest extravagance? MAUQ is my greatest extravagance I keep buying more and more leather, I can make bracelets for eternity. I put all of my time and money in MAUQ (my brand)

On what occasion would I lie? I’m really bad at lying so I usually tell the truth . But sometimes it’s better to lie than to tell the truth.  For example : ‘everything will be okay’ to somebody who’s in trouble, just to comfort them. Or telling my daughter there aren’t any cookies left. Most of the time i will say ýes’ if somebody asks me if i like their outfit (they already bought)  because the truth will only hurt. I’m all for telling the truth, but sometimes the truth is not needed and a little lie is nicer.

What is the influence of role models, in my work and in my life? I don’t really have a role model, but succesfull people like Coco Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier or Beyonce can motivate me with their succes story. They stay true to their believes, they fight for succes, they go above and beyond to be the best they can be. I find that very inspiring .

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The whole financial aspect. The fact that people see this job as a hobby.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Everytime I’m working in my atelier.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My resting bitch face!… i look arrogant.. I don’t like that. I would like to be more elegant and ladylike.. And I would change all the things I wrote down under this question: What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

What is my greatest achievement in work? That I taught myself how to work with leather, what leather and materials to use and how to make perfect bracelets . And I recently finished making my own website. I´m pretty proud of that too.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I don’t really know, but I always get inspired by little things I see on my way to work  (to the city centre of Maastricht)

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I had my first date with my man at La Bodega in Maastricht. It´s the best tapas bar in town (Maastricht Netherlands) We always go back on our anniversary. And i really like the food and ambiance at Le Virage.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My Mom is my greatest fan and my man is my partner in crime.

Whom would I like to work with in the future? If it could be anybody I would love to work with Jean Paul Gaultier or for Mulberry.

What project, in the nearby future, am I looking forward to work on? In 2017 I  hope to find some new beautiful, cool stores to create a small collection for.

How can you contact me? Feel free to contact me by email:

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