Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane isn’t the only French expat to put down roots in Los Angeles.
After decamping from Paris to Los Angeles 11 years ago, Benjamin Trigano not only founded M+B gallery, a contemporary art and photography space in West Hollywood that represents young talents like Matthew Brandt, but also opened Mama Shelter, a chain of Philippe Starck–designed boutique hotels in Europe and, come next summer, Hollywood. As an entrepreneur, Trigano says, he’s wholly American. At home, however, the Club Med scion entertains like a Frenchman. Several times a week, he and his wife, Camilla, the English-born, French-bred marketing director of the design company Environment Furniture, host get-togethers at their ’20s townhouse in Hancock Park, which is crammed with vintage photos and towering stacks of books. “People stay late; they smoke—it’s relaxed,” he says. “Inevitably, someone will comment that they can’t believe I have kids with all the naked art in my bathroom—but I’m French!”