911 Love: an interview with Arthur Kar

Cars and fashion is a combination which fascinates Arthur Karakoumouchian. It is what his fashion label, L’Art de L’Automobile (founded in 2017), is all about.

Born in Beirut and raised in Paris, the 39-year-old started working at a French Porsche Center as a Mechatronic Technician when he was a teenager. Soon, he became self-employed and successfully traded sports cars which he had reconditioned himself. In autumn, 2021, he debuted his newest creation the 968 L’ART in a retro look from the 1990s – converted into a roadster together with Porsche.

What is love?
Love.

How are you?
Good.

The Porsche 911 in three words?
Timeless, beautiful, fast.

Which simple things can make you happy?
Playing basketball and listening to hip-hop, at the same time.

What would you never do in a 911?
Smoke.

What is your favorite road?
From Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur in California.

What can distract you?
A faster car.

Three things you would take to a desert island?
A PlayStation 5, a Seabob-Jet, and a basketball.

Is there a historical figure you admire?
Michael Jordan.

What, on a 911, could you do without?
The PDK – I love manual gearshifts.

And what could not you?
The sound of the engine.

What music did you wake up to this morning?
R & B or hip-hop – it depends on what mood I was in.

Your favorite film?
Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson. His films inspire me.

Your favorite book?
I don’t really like books.

Where do you long to be?
In my Porsche Carrera GT.

Your most-treasured possession?
A pair of original Air Jordan shoes.

Your secret?
That’ll stay my secret.

The 911 moment of your life?
The first drive in a Porsche 965 Turbo Leichtbau.

Your best advice?
Believe in your dreams. Never give up.

What would no one expect of you?
I can rap.