Boutique Beat: Handmade Luxury Goods in Paris

Ever since Louis XIV organised artisans – from perfumers to saddlers – in guilds to serve his gargantuan palace, France has been a world leader in the design and production of handmade luxury goods. Now that France’s global behemoth brands (you...

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Hayes and Gough/Octavia

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French came to San Francisco to find their fortune.  It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is seen...
Archives Louis Vuitton Asnières

Book Reviews: Louis Vuitton, The Spirit of Travel

The story of Louis Vuitton’s empire has a truly fairytale beginning, with the 14-year-old escaping a wicked stepmother and harsh miller’s life at the foot of the Jura mountains. His trek to Paris took two years...
Erès

Boutique Beat: From the Sublime to the Sporty, Lingerie Shopping in Paris

Where else but Paris to shop for the world’s most beautiful lingerie? Parisian women are known for their no-nonsense approach to sexiness, it’s just a fact of life. You’ll notice while strolling through the city’s streets and boutiques that Parisians rarely...
Work in Progress at Ann Demeulemeester Fall/Winter16

In Today’s Fashion World, It’s About the Street Model

It’s the fall fashion season in New York, London, Milan and Paris. From these four cities comes the worldwide influence of fashion’s “looks.” Stories and photos of hot trends are everywhere, from international newspapers...
Anne Valerie Hash Decrayonner collection

3 Fall Exhibitions in France for Fashionistas

To celebrate French style, we picked three couture events to inspire your sartorial explorations this autumn… AT YOUR FEET Shoes reveal a lot about our personality and our history. The Musée des Confluences in Lyon takes us on a journey of discovery across...
The Art of Travel at the Lalique Museum

The Art of Travel at the Musée Lalique in Alsace

A visit to the Musée Lalique in Alsace is a surprise not just for the fantastic permanent collection and the spectacular natural setting, but also for the quality of the temporary exhibitions, guided by a different...
Merci boutique

Fashion’s Final Frontier in the Haut Marais of Paris

Seven years ago, when Paris’s queen of concept stores, Merci, pioneered in the nether regions of the Marais, the term “haut Marais” barely existed. In contrast to the neighbourhood’s boutique and tourist-crammed midriff, the rabbit warren of tiny streets in...

Van Cleef & Arpels Unveils Emeraude en Majeste: Ode to an Exceptional Stone

During the Couture Paris Fashion Week, I was fortunate to be invited to a private showing as Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its latest high jewellery collection – Emeraude en Majeste.  The emerald, also...
Toile de Jouy

Made in France: La Toile de Jouy

The name toile de Jouy, now commonly used generically, stems from the village of Jouy-en-Josas, just south of Versailles, where the fabric was manufactured and where the Toile de Jouy Museum now perpetuates the story. The fabric has come...