Book Reviews: Coco Chanel by Susan Goldman Rubin

Because you’re never too young to brush up on your fashion icons, Coco Chanel – Pearls, Perfume and the Little Black Dress is just the thing to introduce teens and tweens to the intractable...

French Fashion for Summer: Bobo Romantic

There’s a little shop in Uzès, France where “women of a certain style” flock all times of the year. In summer, they pour out of the lace-curtained door of L’atelier des Ours in a...

Couture Cushions: Jean-François Lesage

Jean-François Lesage is descended from three generations of embroiderers and his father is the legendary haute couture brodeur François Lesage. Rather than following in his father's footsteps, embellishing extravagant gowns for Paris fashion houses, the...

Haute Handbags by Renaud Pellegrino

Once in a great while a lucky shopper comes across an item so original and compelling that it seems to exemplify the designer’s sheer delight in act of creation. This is rare in a work...

Damir Doma

Damir Doma’s ravishing new Paris boutique—his first and only dedicated shop—is the most exciting opening in Paris this fall. Set in a courtyard (shared with Comme des Garçons) on the rue du Faubourg Saint...

Nelly Saunier, Plumassière

Nelly Saunier is most often to be found perched in her tiny atelier near the Parc Montsouris in Paris surrounded by an exotic array of peacock tails, ostrich plumes and radiant-hued hummingbird feathers. The...

Moynat

Right after it opened, the glittering new Moynat boutique easily shot to the top as one of the city’s glamorous shopping addresses. Bernard Arnault, CEO of the luxury behemoth LVMH, acquired the venerable luggage...

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...
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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...
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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...