n15 Concept Store

Evidence of fashion’s eternal return, the just-opened n15 concept store seamlessly mixes outstanding vintage couture with the latest in prêt-à-porter and accessories, all in a sleek modern interior. Owner Natalia Tooke says she has...

Saved Silk

Jewelry, clothing and home accessories made from silk remnants produced by one of Italy's finest silk companies.

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...

St Tropez: Another Side to the Côte d’Azur Glamour Spot

A recent trip to Saint-Tropez made me think how schizophrenic life on the Côte d’Azur can be. One moment supermarket shopping and picking up dry-cleaning, the next sailing into one of the most chic...

Hollington

It’s a mystery: how does Hollington remain one of Paris’s best-kept secrets, with a worldwide mailing list of 14,000 devoted followers and some of the most comfortable, versatile and distinctive men’s clothing in town?...

Sparkling Baccarat

The fabulous history of the world-famous French crystal-makers (soon to have its own hotel brand!)

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...

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...

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...

New in Paris: Yves Saint-Laurent Museum Opening Soon

It was the great designer’s wish to be remembered as “an artist that created a body of work”. To the delight of fashionistas everywhere, the artist’s wish will be fulfilled with the opening of...