Archive for April 2011

Campaign – Izzu S/S 2011

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Interior – Pop Store’s Little Trip To Paris

A very secretive buying trip for your favorite clothing brand took place this week in Paris. The trip was taken to find inspiring Parisian delights for a new studio somewhere far, far away. We became galvanized and a little plump on our search for all things yummy. We found a provenance of unique pieces that we just had to buy. Here are just a few of the stunning boutiques we stumbled upon along our way…   Merci 111 blvd Beaumarchais
Paris 75003 (+33) 01.42.77.00.33 A four-story boutique complex in the upper Marais that includes a florist shop, a used bookstore and treats for everyone from vintage clothing to one off interior accessories. Designers including Stella McCartney and Paul Smith offer customized versions of items from their collections at more accessible prices. The vibe is warm, mushy and makes you feel oh so at ease with spending your paper. An atmosphere that arouses such lavish consumption must be worth a look! www.merci-merci.com Les Mille Feuilles 2 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris, France ‪(+33) 01.42.78.32.93 ‎ Another boutique filled with rich texture and cordial climate, was Les Mille Feuilles… For the past 7 years Les Mille Feuilles has concentrated on having beautiful things with Pierre Brinton travelling the glove to find his ‘coup de coeur’ objects the place is a big curiosity cabinet full of different and heteroclite artifacts, all with a story to tell. Ladurée 21 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris, France (+33) 01.44.07.64.87 Located in the Saint-Germain neighborhood, this famous store with the black storefront opened by Madeleine Castaing in 1947 at the corner of the rue Jacob and the rue Bonaparte, where many celebrities and artists met (Soutine, Chagall, Modigliani) now houses the new Ladurée tea salon. With an impressive interior flushed with scents of heaven, Ladurée was a highlight for us, and l’attention to detail was incredible. Macaroons These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are the most famous creation of Ladurée. The story of the Ladurée macaroon starts with Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, who at the beginning of the 20th century first thought of taking two macaroon shells and joining them with a delicious ganache filling.

Pop Up Shop – London – Anya Hindmarch Bespoke

Location: Selfridges, London Date: April 2011 – Open for 6 Weeks A personalised leather envelope and card holder from Belgian label Delvaux and a grey leather Dunhill evelope with my initials are the sort of things that make me mighty happy these days.  It’s the sort of happiness that is slightly frightening as I know that I’m approaching that age when sturdy, well-made things (that also depressingly come with a haughty price tag) are becoming more and more appealing.  Who knew that day would come when ten years ago, I mocked my mother’s leather bags and thought my faux fur backpack was the best thing EVA.. This is old news for those of you that are very grown-up and swan around Knightsbridge dropping wads of cash here and there, so please ignore if you’ve seen this all before. Said Knightsbridge regulars better not laugh at me either because today was my first discovery of Anya Hindmarch Bespoke line as they have popped up at Selfridges for six weeks with a shop that looks more like a permanent space than a temporary pop-off venture. With my complete non-plussed-ness over bags, all things Hindmarch probably floats over my head so even though Anya Hindmarch opened up her Bespoke store on Pont Street in London two years ago, it’s not a place I’ve ventured before (this video is a GREAT overview/intro). Good on Selfridges Oxford Street for planting a compact Anya Hindmarch Bespoke space at the department store for six weeks, so that yobs like me get to gawp at all the customised, engraved and personalised leather goodies that I have a penchant for copping a feel and getting a whiff of. In the vaguely Victorian, vaguely English, distinctly old-looking set-up are a slew of little delightful surprises that unfold, reveal themselves and are pleasingly discreet… At Bespoke, if you can doodle, write and draw your message/inscription clearly enough, anything goes basically… Oh and not to be stereotypical to think all mothers mend clothes but honestly this sewing kit box needs to be given to some mothers out there this Sunday. At the very least it will get you a “Awwww! That’s so SWEET that you THOUGHT that I would sew your buttons back on for you… Now bugger off and get me my proper pressie…”