Le BHV MARAIS: Exclusive Shopping Guides at the Parisians’ Favourite Department Store

Situated in the heart of the fashionable district of Le Marais, Le BHV MARAIS is one of the most iconic department stores in the world. With over 2,000 fashion brands and sophisticated homeware, from...

Book Reviews: Brigitte Bardot, My Life in Fashion

Was there a ‘style Bardot’? Not according to the legendary movie star herself, who says in a foreword to this lavish new 300-page book “Je n’ai été jamais à la mode” (“I was never fashionable”). That’s hard...

A History of the Breton Stripe

Fresh, nautical and undeniably chic, la marinière worn by the sailors in the French Navy is the shirt we call the Breton stripe. For over 150 years these stripes have been seen on board the ships of the Marine Nationale...

Galeries Lafayette to Open Sundays & Introduces Exciting New “Africa Now” Event

Two exciting new developments from Galeries Lafayette in Paris this Spring. First and foremost, the famous department store is now open on Sundays, which means you can shop to your heart's content on dimanche (historically,...

Exclusive Excerpt: “Chanel, The Enigma” by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Chanel burst into fashion the way you burst into literature. She began with a stroke of genius, at Étienne Balsan’s estate in Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, when she abruptly took up the fabric like a poet embarking on poetry. Throughout her life Chanel considered...

Book Reviews: Chanel, The Enigma

This is a really unusual book. As its preface explains, there have been many, many treatises written about Coco Chanel, her upbringing, her inspirations, her work. The author, Isabelle Fiemeyer, believes many writers have made unfounded...

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...
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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...
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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...