Agnès Troublé (above left), better known as the French fashion designer agnès b, received the SeaKeepers Award from the International SeaKeepers Society at its annual Bal de la Mer event during the Monaco Yacht Show.
Fashionistas shouldn’t be the only ones familiar with her work. Since 2003, Troublé and a friend and business partner, Etienne Bourgois, have been operating Tara Expeditions, focused on ocean research and conservation. Troublé and Bourgois host scientists and filmmakers on exploratory and data-collection missions aboard their sailing yacht Tara. Tara, as we’ve explained in earlier stories, is a 118-footer that was previously known as Seamaster, under the ownership of the late Sir Peter Blake.
Troublé was joined at the Bal de la Mer by her close friend, Lady Pippa Blake (second from left), widow of the late Sir Peter Blake; her nephew, Romain Troublé (next to Blake), who is also executive director of Tara Expeditions; and her brother, Bruno Troublé (far right), the noted French America’s Cup captain and head of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Troublé is intent on the general public learning more about ocean conservation, in some pretty interesting ways. For example, you may be one of the millions of people worldwide who have checked out Google’s new Google Oceans. It’s an interactive map that lets you see coral reefs and more, including species that are threatened. Tara Expeditions helped make Google Oceans possible, supplying photos and videos from its trips so far. In addition, Troublé is making Tara available for visitors to see and board in Paris through the end of January. Exhibits include data collected during a visit to the Arctic Ocean (a place Tara will return to this spring, in fact).
For more about Tara, visit the Tara Expeditions website.