1 to 5- Ray-Ban Cats, 1000, 5000 and 4000, about $130
6- Ray-Ban Craft, about $180
Spring-Summer 10 collection
Goldilocks never leaves her pink Ray-Bans.
Coco Bag, Cécile de Jaegher, about 420€
Spring summer 10 collection
Parrots of many hues, and trapezists hanging from the stars, a carousel with little flags, wooden horses... It's a complete hand-made fairy-go-round by Cécile de Jaegher.
1- Charles, red caviar, python, 1.105€
2- Lucien, calf, 405€
3- Larry, calf, 475€
Jérôme Dreyfuss, Spring-Summer 10 collection
"My, what a gorgeous bag you have!...", said to Little Red Riding Hood her strange, long-toothed grandma. That was too much for the girl, who grabbed her Gégé and left for a road-trip through the United States.
1 to 3- New Sessùn store
4 to 6- Exhibition Sessùn is like a bird
News are pouring right and left at Sessùn's. For a start, a new store has popped open in Paris, the second one in the rue de Charonne, and a soft space full of light and authenticity. The brand also launched the Playlist line last season; just 12 items, mainly silk dresses and tuxedo pants that delineate evening silhouettes with a distinctly rock'n'roll edge. A musical inspiration that Sessùn wears on its sleeve. Designer Emma François specializes in such clever cross-overs: after a sweet Songs Collection, she has completed a new multidisciplinary project, an exhibition around the theme of the bird and its feathers that will migrate in the spring towards Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence. This airy show features the fluttering plates of Norwegian ceramic artist Astrid Sleire, delicious wooden jewels by Australian-born Naomi Murrell, as well as pictures and other lovely items in limited editions.
New Sessùn store
34 rue de Charonne
0033 1 48 06 55 66
Sessùn is like a bird
Sessùn store, Marseilles
6 rue Sainte
March 26 mars through April 10
Then Sessùn store, Aix-en-Provence
10 rue Courteissade
April 14 through 24
1- Milanaise pendant, enamelled metal boat, 180€
2- Poisson pendant, enamelled metal cameo and resin cameo, 165€
3- Poisson pendant, enamelled metal bubbles and glass bead, 140€
4- Camée brooch, resin shell, 145€
5- Milanaise pendant, metal-paved anchor and resin flowers, 190€
Photographs Alex Mahieu
Beneath Sophie's eternally calm sea, the anchors of sunken ships blossom with delicate shells and cameos. The fish, replete with pearls and the elegant drowned, lounge idly about, waiting for the next ship - for the next boy - to capsize.
1 to 3- Miu Miu
4 & 5- Prada
6- Salvatore Ferragamo
Spring-Summer 09 collection
Let's sing this along Corey Hart's eternal hit tune:
Don't switch the blade
On the girl in shades, oh no
With the girl in shades, oh no
1- Ceramic iPod phonophone, Charles and Marie by Christian Zimmermann, 350€, Snow globes, 8€ each, at Franck et Fils
2- Porcelain biscuit box and porcelain biscuit pendent on a silver chain, Elise Lefebvre, 95€ and 75€, exclusively in Paris at Franck et Fils, Mushroom candle, 15€, at Franck et Fils
3- Parrot, 19€, Porcelain Bambi, 50€, Rhinoceros, 48€, Rabbit candle, 12€, Knit cage, 145€, at Home Autour du Monde
Marine Miel, the young designer hiding behind Suzon & Lena, has got talent and much more: she also glows with laudable ambition, and bravely asserts the peculiarity of her work. She founded her brand at the sweet age of 24, and opened her own store just two years later, in the heart of the Marais district in Paris. Suzon & Lena offers collections whose esthetics draws on Belle Epoque garment codes, with "faux-culs, tailles de guêpe et belles épaules", blended with 50's pin-up spirit, 80's vintage and a not-overly-Parisian touch. One may object to the way she introduces her pretty collection inside a look-book bordering on Charcot's hysterics, or to her outright refusal to comply with the passing fads that do and un-do the fashion world every afternoon - but the essentials are covered: the clothes shut critics up. It is salutary to discover new designers that are absolutely not formatted by trends, nor slaves of a niche they occupy without sincerity, simply out of convenience. We'd readily kiss Marine Miel good luck, but something tells us a bow would be more appropriate.
Suzon & Lena
64 rue Chapon, Paris 3° +33 1 58 62 21 03
1- Le Petit Nicolas' satchel by miniséri, worn as a backpack, a handbag, or across the shoulder, 38 x 30 x 9 cm, 85€, exclusively at Colette until September 30, 08, then on www.miniseri.com
2- Miniature satchels, silver or golden leather, by miniséri, 18 x 22 x 6 cm, 80€
3- Thick cotton canvas cases, with old-fashioned fasteners, come in khaki, plum, brown, or printed in pink, green or turquoise, 35€
4- Large format paper sheets with dotted patterns, by Marie Papier, come in anthracite, olive, red and chocolate, made in Nepal, 50 x 75 cm, 7€ each
5- Cassegrain snap closure pouches, royal blue grained leather, large format, 37 x 27 cm, 170€, small format, 17 x 25 cm, 100€
6- Perspective pens, Waterman, glossy metal, inspired by Origami and Articulated Architecture, come in 6 colors: black, black and gold, blue, champagne, and silver, fountain pen 115€, roller 100€, ball-point 90€
7- Deco agenda by Filofax, patent calfskin leather, comes in ivory or ebony, and in 2 sizes: personal and pocket, 199 and 249€, fall-winter 0809
Now that's done - the kids are back at school. It's your turn to look for pens, paper, notebooks and agendas. After all, it's going to be a loooong year; especially on Chic Cityrats, the land where holidays do not exist - but then, neither does work.
1- Lisbet Friis, fall-winter 0809 collection
2- Very graphic cushions, at Home autour du Monde, 40 x 40 cm, 80€
3- Hex ceramic mugs by Vitamin, 4 designs available: Fade, Cell, Tri, Drift, £8, fall-winter 0809 collection
4- Gloria wallpaper by Extratapete, Tracks collection, fall-winter 0809 collection
5- Panorama Borders Series #2 by Extratapete, Miniature Worlds, Model Railway and Natural History Panoramas, self-adhesive, 11 x 400 cm, fall-winter 0809 collection
6 à 8- Blow armchairs and Pinocchio rugs by Hay, fall-winter 0809 collection
9- Loop, dog house by Brian McIntyre for Gaia & Gino, Gino the Dog fall-winter 0809 collection
You could also leave it all behind to enjoy a well-deserved sabbatical year - or maybe you haven't deserved one at all, in which case it will be even sweeter. You'll just recline on a soft bed of cushions, or inside a snug arm-chair, sipping hot tea, and day-dream before the strange pictures on the wallpaper. Nearby, a little dog is snoring.
www.extratapete.de (info + online shopping)
1- Cask's, helmet, 390€
2- Coppola, coat, 755€
3- Chelsea, boots, natural split leather, 415€ and Mouflons, mittens, 255€
Les Prairies de Paris
23, rue Debelleyme Paris 3°
01 48 04 91 16
To be informed when the online store opens leave your email on www.lesprairiesdeparis.com
1- Exhibition poster
2- Polo boots, La Casa de las Botas, 735€
3- Panties, satin, Jesus Fernandez, 45€
4- Mini cushions, traditionnal wool-knit, PIC NIC, 47€ each
5- Soaps, Sabater, 6€
Buenos Aires is colonizing the Bon Marché Rive Gauche. The department store devotes a lot of space and time to an exhibition centered on that most European of Latin American cities. The whole store is donning the colors of Argentina. Windows signed by Gotan Project, food tastings, cinematographic wanderings around Buenos Aires, tango lessons and installations are all part of the program.
Here is a rare occasion of discovering a wide variety of goods, such as PIC NIC's printed mini-cushions, La Feliz' woven lamps, the slightly old-fashioned lingerie by Jesus Fernandez, Compaña De Los Sombreros' hats, or the drop-dead-gorgeous polo boots by La Casa de Las Botas. A glimpse into the dynamic artistic and fashion scene exploding in today's Buenos Aires, where young designers haven't turned their back on traditional techniques or aesthetics.
Paris Buenos Aires
August 23 through October 11, 08
at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche
Gray alligator bag, 12.750€
Fall-winter 0809 collection
3, rue d'Alger Paris 1er
01 40 20 14 04
1 to 4- Maison Fabre store, Jardins du Palais Royal
5- Fall-winter 0809 collection
First row: JANE grey lamb leather/coffee doral leather, 145€, GANTS LONGS MONTBLANC grey lamb leather/grey mink leather, 1.080€, CHARLOTTE patent grey and black leather/grey lamb leather, 170€, AUTO VERNIS, patent grey leather/grey lamb leather, 170€, JOP grey lamb leather/coffee doral leather, 150€, JESSICA patent lamb leather, 210€
Second row: AUTO VERNIS patent red lamb leather/red lamb leather, 170€, MITAINES VERNIES patent red lamb leather/red lamb leather, 110€, GANTS MOYENS VERNIS, patent red lamb leather/red lamb leather, 265€
Third row: CHAMONIX black lamb leather/coyote leather mittens, 270€, LA CLUSAZ cigar lamb leather/Virginia fox muff, 285€, COURCHEVEL Bengali lamb leather/coyote leather, 270€
Nigh on three years: that's how long Maison Fabre had to wait before they found the perfect spot to set up their first Parisian store. But then Olivier Fabre, the fourth generation of Fabre glovers, had only one place in mind: the Palais Royal - and on the Galerie de Valois side, because it faces the sun.
Architect Guy Falco, who redesigned the workshops of the Millau headquarters in 2005, imagined a cozy interior decoration for this space, animated by the gloves standing to attention in their backlit niches. In the windows, gloved hands, as if in conversation, catch the eye. They're like a clique of socialites at a masked ball, pointing out the passersby with insolence, parading in their glistening dresses. Once inside, the dissipation fades away as calm and subdued elegance take precedence. A long research on color was necessary to reach the perfect scheme (taupe, bronzed coffee, white and steel), one that matches the moods of the Gardens outside, their grace when the sun shines and spleen under the snow or clouds.
The perfectly organized 20 m² of Maison Fabre's first shop in Paris offer up the entirety of the brand's collections, for men, women, and kids. And if you can't find the right item among the dozens of references, it's now possible to have an individual pair made to measure.
128-129, Galerie de Valois
Jardins du Palais Royal
+33 1 42 60 75 88
www.maisonfabre.com (editors' note: a new corporate and e-shopping website will become accessible at the same address some time in September)
1- Antoine, fiery brown, 495€
2- Twee, dark olive, 468€
3- Joss, gray python, 620€
Fall-Winter 0809 collection
Davy Crockett wanted to use these as game bags. "No way," Margaret interposed. "Tonight I'm going to that cocktail in Chattanooga."
1, rue Jacob Paris 6°
+33 1 43 54 70 93
1- Mini Cargo bag, 210€
2- Belt, 2 sizes, 70 and 80€
Puma Urban Mobility, Fall Winter 0809 collection
D&G, sunglasses, around 170€
Available in black, havana, beige, and purple.
Fall-winter 08-09 collection
Dolce & Gabbana, sunglasses, around 240€
Available in blue, pink, purple, red, black, and havana.
1 and 2- Miu Miu, acetate sunglasses, around 130€
Available in burgundy, powder pink, cherry-red, linen, black and asphalt.
Fall-winter 08-09 collection
1 and 2- Ray-ban Wayfarer Colors, acetate, around 130€
A replica of the famous 1952 glasses, the 2008 edition of the Wayfarer Colors comes in bright pink, turquoise, camo, ice white... so you can pretend you're Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Fall-winter 08-09 collection
1 and 2- Repetto store, rue du Four
3- Infante, T strap platform pump, patent leather "bouteille", 235€, Garbo, platform lace up pump, patent leather "flamme", 205€, Cendrillon, ballet flat, patent leather "noir", 125€
4- Hermione, Mary Jane ballet flat patent leather "noisette", 155€, Irina, T strap pump, patent leather "fumée", Faust, Mary Jane ballet flat, patent leather "noisette", 140€, Baya, T strap pump, patent leather "poison", 140€
Fall-winter 08-09 collection
There's no denying it: Marika Chaumet works well. After handling the renovation of the flagship Repetto store on the rue de la Paix, the interior decorator managed once again to reconcile the tutu spirit with our obsession for accessories inside the new rue du Four shop.
As in the days of childhood, the pointe and demi-pointe shoes await, neatly arranged inside their wooden compartments. The timber floor, barre and large mirror panels set the atmosphere of a dance studio, a special climate made even more palpable by the leotards, cache-coeur and assorted dancewear. The ballet flats, tango or cancan shoes stand to attention, strictly sorted by range and by color.
It's the discipline of an afternoon dance lesson all over, and we'd almost fear lest a severe saleswoman come armed with a stick to rectify our posture. So stand straight, contract your abs, keep your head up and shop gracefully please!
51, rue du Four Paris 6°
+33 1 45 44 98 65
1 and 2- Yorgos Papadopoulos, Ipomea and Heliconia, glass
3 to 5- Maggie Williams, hanging vases
6 to 8- Ruth Tomlinson, earrings and rings, Flora collection, precious metal and porcelain
9- Rachel Kelly, Leaf Branches
wall sticker, from £18 each
Margo Selby has invited artist Yorgos Papadopoulos to spend the summer at her new gallery-store in London. Along his creations in roughed-up glass will stand those by Maggie Williams, Ruth Tomlinson, Rachel Kelly and many more. Every medium is allowed - resin, porcelain, metal, fabric... the only restraint is the floral theme. All the pieces are for sale, starting at £10.
FLORA, May 29 through August 30, 08
4-11 Gallen Place, London WC1A 2JR
+44 (0)20 7242 6322
1- John Isaac Pocket Watch
available in steel and gold
limited edition, customized on demand
Expect a delay of 1 to 2 months
2- John Isaac, pink gold watch
from 2.990 €
Exclusively at :
Montaigne Market and Mel, Paris
Bergdorf, New York
Maxfield, Los Angeles
Tomas Maier and Alchimist, Miami
Villa Moda, Dubaï
Info: +33 1 42 61 56 08
Billy, Momo, Diego, Tom... They're so seductive, and we just love the touch of their skin, although we had to pay to have them around.
Jérôme Dreyfuss creates bags which he christens with boys' names because they are, in his words, "faithful companions."
For quite a while his collections only made their appearance on corners at the department stores. As the seasons came and went, the look of the skins varied, the cuts were renewed, the style matured. And so there was a time when Jérôme was ready to open a store in his name - nowhere else but at the 1, rue Jacob, right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The avowed inspiration for the décor, a 50's gymnasium, is rather discreet; though we'd spend a lot more time in gymnasiums if they all looked like this one, with its large angle window opening up on a nice little square and the rue de l'Echaudé, its soft materials and, above all, a very motivating collection of accessories.
Then there's Jean-Charles, the master on board and a rare coach. Friendly, obliging, always well-informed, he has a way of looking after visitors with consideration and no affectation. A rare feat in Paris.
As if we weren't already on the verge of yielding, each bag by Jérôme Dreyfuss is an example of responsible craftsmanship: an animal-friendly process of skin selection, clean techniques and materials for tanning the hides, respect for the workers... Buying an accessory here is almost a kind gesture!
Not that such encouragement is necessary. The bags talk for themselves. They all detain this particular quality of the most handsome leather items: you can't stop touching them, you have to possess them, here and now.
Jose, Bernard, Yves... It will be difficult to leave Jérôme Dreyfuss' new store without one of these lovely companions.
Jérôme has just created a great new place. By the way, Jérôme, where are you now? Perhaps in one of these other places:
Chic Cityrats (CCr): A favorite place?
Jérôme Dreyfuss (JD): Beaubourg [ed.: a large Parisian museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art].
CCr: A meeting place?
JD: My office.
CCr A common place?
JD: The metro.
CCr: A non-place?
JD: Non-Ville!!! It's a small village near Fontainebleau.
CCr: A forbidden place?
JD: I don't know any.
CCr: A place of perdition?
JD: The basement of the BHV [ed.: Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville, whose basement is a large hardware store]. It's a bit of a common place too!
CCr: A place of worship?
JD: A synagogue, a church, a mosque, or else Le Printemps, Le Bon Marché [ed.: Parisian department stores]... it all depends on your personal views...
1, rue Jacob Paris 6°
+33 1 43 54 70 93
Bonsai trunk, wood, leather, glass, nickel-plated brass, horticultural lamp (plug included).
Tools provided in the upper door: ten items, including pruning shears, stakes, a watering can, a small broom, pincers, thin scissors.
Price on demand.
Pinel & Pinel, 5, rue Cyrano de Bergerac, Paris 18°
+33 1 45 23 11 14
1- Style 520 in zebrano
2- Style 315 in Macassar ebony
iWood ecodesign, $370
Mini green Twee, 425€
Purple Yves, 418€ (Yves is both an evening purse and a shopping bag)
1, rue Jacob Paris 6°
+33 1 43 54 70 93
+33 1 43 44 48 44
Tote bag, golden ostrich leather, black leather handles, 23340€
Camille Fournet 3, rue d'Alger Paris 1er +33 1 40 20 14 04
Gambette ballerina, golden leather, 155€
22, rue de la Paix Paris 2°
+33 1 44 71 83 20
Info: +33 1 44 71 83 10
1- Keys earrings, golden metal, Le Printemps, 15€
2- Revolver ring, golden metal, Le Printemps, 12€
64, bd Haussmann
+33 1 42 82 50 00
Kusmi Tea mug, white china, inlaid Swarovski crystals, 39€, also available: black crossbones and silver strasses, black crossbones and pink strasses
Kusmi Tea, 56, rue de Seine Paris 6°, +33 1 46 34 29 06
Gieves gloves, punched leather, £89
Product page on www.gievesandhawkes.com
Varnished leather Richelieu pumps, Marc Jacobs
Large D-Day tote bag, green tweed, Fall/Winter 07/08 collection, 970€
243, rue Saint-Honoré
+33 1 42 44 10 07
"The Kid" bag, the Stam in a miniature version, quilted leather, 990€, Marc Jacobs exclusively at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche, espace accessoires
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres Paris 7°
+33 1 44 39 80 00
1- Living room : shoe cufflinks, rhodium-plated silver and black enamel, 95€, rifle brooch, gold-plated silver (3 µm) and diamond, 160€, revolver necklace, rhodium-plated silver and black enamel, 90€
2- Study : magnifying glass ring, rhodium-plated silver, 90€, clock earrings, gold-plated silver (3 µm), 90€, telephone pin, rhodium-plated silver
and black enamel, 130€
3- Bedroom : shoe earrings, gold-plated silver (3 µm) and black enamel, 120€, chandelier necklace, rhodium-plated silver and crystal, 180€, mirror brooch, gold-plated silver (3 µm) and real mirror, 170€
Photos: F. Mattei & B.Giraudi
MissBibi, INTRIG Collection, at the Black Block, Palais de Tokyo, 13, avenue du président Wilson Paris 16°, +33 1 47 23 37 04
1- Telephone, ultra-varnished resin with strass-inlaid, metallic dial, necklace 115€, bracelet 115€, ring 90€
2- Adjustable spanner, silvery or golden metal, necklace 105€, bracelet 125€, earrings 75€
Faux fur cap, Printemps, 39€
Le Printemps, 64, bd Haussmann Paris 9°
+33 1 42 82 50 00
Leather and canvas bags 1 890 € and 920 €, scarf 390 €, short stripped cotton socks 52 €, stripped ribbed cotton knitcap 120 €
Brunello Cucinelli 217, rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1° +33 1 49 26 00 81
Bottomless bags inside which fit any number of dresses, sunglasses, toys and make-up, swimsuits and sports suits, and all you'll need to rule this boat!
1- Tom Ford Whitney sunglasses, acetate, 240€
Montaigne Optique 54, rue François-1er 1° +33 1 43 59 76 23
Info: +33 1 56 98 21 76
2- Large bowling bag, golden leather and sequins, 290€
Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas
If Tom falls overboard, at least with these beautiful glasses on he'll be swimming in style.
If Yohji's the one who falls to sea, there's no way he'll swim away - he wouldn't let his bag get wet.
Patent calf leather pumps, ink and lemon, Michel Perry, 395 €
Michel Perry, 243, rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1°, +33 1 42 44 10 07
Be careful when you come home from a trip to the seaside wearing those precious pumps: the cat, when it greets you, might mistake them for a splendid specimen of exotic fish - very appetizing. Michel Perry is definitely irresistible.
Open-toe wedges, plongé kid leather, lavender blue and hazel, Michel Perry, 465 €
Spring Summer 07 Collection
Michel Perry 243, rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1°+33 1 42 44 10 07
At Deauville or Saint-Tropez. The sun is setting, the sky is streaked with white and blue. Getting ready to go out in the evening cool. The whole dressing room is upside down, but you're already wearing the most gorgeous of wedges.
Belts, 170 €
Shoes, 275 à 475 €
Bags, 650 à 4200 € (for a large tote, patent alligator)
Catherine Malandrino 10, rue de Grenelle Paris 6° +33 1 42 22 26 95
Catherine Malandrino is launching her first line of accessories. Bags, shoes, and belts come in the colors of F/W ready-to-wear - magenta, plum, purple, ash and black. They adorn themselves with gorgeous fabrics and materials: metallic or patent leather, velvet, satin and crystal. Architecture informs the collection, which is all about volumes and peculiarly shaped heels (columns, cones, steps...). Totally to the point.
Spring is barely knocking at the door, but already Le Printemps is all over our pages! Raynaud is gardening directly on our hand with these Gazon rings, a small patch of greenery that follows us everywhere and requires even less care than a house plant.
Derby shoes, celadon calf, 300 €
Paul & Joe 64-66, rue des Saints-Pères Paris 7° +33 1 42 22 47 01
The gentlemen will now slip into their strolling shoes and lead the ladies to the garden. There they'll watch the clouds drift by, until the rain comes.