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A Most Amazing Mall

Beaugrenelle is the perfect mix between the best features of a shopping center and the spirit of a department store. One might be mistaken and call it a mall…but Beaugrenelle is nothing like an American mall. Its original architecture, designed by Valode & Pistre, is full of light making it infinitely more beautiful and pleasant […]

Shopping and Style in Paris

Guest Post by Devin Galaudet Before top brands and suave designers took over, fashion was already meandering along the River Seine. To date, the “City of Lights, Brogues and Fedoras” remains the inimitable fashion capital of the world. It all started with Anne Boleyn’s hood. In the 16th century, her hood failed to cover most of her […]

Flower Power

Like pretty much every expat, I like the small boutique aspect of Paris. I love the pride that independent shopkeepers show for their spaces, hosing down the street in front every day, tending to their windows displays, and the care they out into even the smallest order. The downside to this is pricing that varies […]

Hair Apparent

Hair. That is what is most different about the appearance of Parisians and Americans. The African women do serious weaves, often in koo-koo colors (think: weave salons near Strasbourg St. Denis metro station), while American black women go for more natural looking fake hair . Or just natural hair. As for white women, you will […]

So Out It’s Almost In

Most Paris neighborhoods have a women’s clothing shop like Rozaria, pictured here. The clothes are old-fashioned, not luxe, yet expensive. I rarely see customers in the shop, though I do see women in Paris wearing the unfashionable clothing sold in it. Rozaria’s latest windows feature dresses that are so out they are almost in (if […]

Summer Sales Primer

The July sales are such a big deal in Paris that they attract out-of-town and even out-of-country shoppers making the trip just for the occasion. Heather from My Euro Crush offers her expert advice on the monthlong event: Usually everything from the previous season is on sale during the july Soldes in Paris. In this case, the […]

Bag Ladies

Kasia Dietz is an ex-New Yorker who moved to Paris a number of years ago and looked for ways to make it in her new hometown. Kasia has made her Paris dream come true by becoming a successful handbag and accessory designer. Her collection consists mostly of brightly colored patterned tote bags and her specialty […]

A Belgian Master Gets a Retrospective

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs often has fashion exhibits that are of the utmost quality. I have seen a few there, and most recently the Dries Van Noten: Inspirations” retrospective of his fashion design career so far. If you do attend this exhibit, may I suggest reading Dana Thomas’ portrait of the Belgian designer in the Wall […]

Monk-Made

I found a fantastic boutique that sells products made by monks all over France. Le Comptoir des Abbayes regroups products from small workshops, farms and ateliers of the hundreds of monasteries scattered all over the countryside. These abbeys, places where monks seclude themselves to practice their religion and to pray, also are places of production […]

Home on the Foire

Two Paris icons were born in 1889: the Eiffel Tower and the Foire de Paris. The Foire de Paris is THE iconic home show. Over 600,000 visitors are expected this year to see some 3,500 exhibitors. In 1889, when the first Foire de Paris opened, over thirty million visitors passed through the pavilion of 500 exhibitors.  With a showing […]

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