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French fashion designer Alix Petit and Turkish-Australian Onur Kece, founder of beverage brand Found, met in New York seven years ago.

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‘Once a week, we try to have a date night; a little moment just for us,’ says fashion designer Alix Petit on finding time for romance with her husband, Onur Kece. ‘On Tuesday evenings we go to a yoga class together and afterwards we go for drinks and dinner or to the movies. When you have kids, it’s really special to go to the movies.’ The pair met in a New York bar in 2012 – Petit had flown in for Fashion Week and Kece was living there at the time – and were introduced by a mutual friend. ‘That first night Onur was shy and I didn’t realise he had a crush on me until later when his friend told me. I had to go back to Paris but I looked him up on Facebook and we started chatting online.’

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French fashion designer Alix Petit and Turkish-Australian Onur Kece, founder of beverage brand Found, met in New York seven years ago.

Three weeks later, they met again in Stockholm for a weekend. ‘It was almost like a blind date. I had only met Onur for five minutes in person but we had talked non-stop so I was already in love with who he was. It was really exciting.’ Six months of a long-distance relationship followed before Kece moved to Paris (since then they have also had a stint living in New York); a year after meeting, Petit was pregnant with their first child, Ellis, now five (Panda, their youngest daughter is one-year-old).

‘Something we’ve been lucky to have in our relationship is that as we’ve both grown our businesses, we’ve had the flexibility to often do things together,’ says Kece, who launched global beverage brand Found in Sydney. ‘If I have to go somewhere for work, Alix and the kids can come with me so we don’t have to spend a long time apart and compromise what we do. And that often means staying in a hotel – an ideal space for adult conversation and reconnecting as a couple. The comfort of a hotel is always a luxury. We normally pick our hotels based on the design and the food so it is more than just a bed; what’s really important is the experience we have together,’ continues Kece. ‘You pay attention to your career, health and kids but sometimes people forget that you have to continuously work on your relationship too.’

Alix and Onur at Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler
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Rising a stunning 34 stories above the city's prestigious Etiler district, the hotel enjoys an ideal location from which to explore the prolific historic landmarks and many stylish restaurants, bars and boutiques Istanbul has to offer.

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