Old Paris


Posted on July 31, 2008 by Susie Hollands

Image: Flickr Looking for a Paris souvenir that has it all, then head over to Fragonard. Founded in 1926 in Grasse, France’s perfume capital, the shop sells loads of fabulously chic yet reasonably priced items: perfumes, creams, candles, soaps – even cute, cotton travel pouches!   Read more

La Maroquinerie (and other right bank music venues)

Posted on April 22, 2008 by VINGT Editorial

Text: Jayson Harsin  From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust threatening to devour the grand monuments and traditions of an overgrown bourg. Refusing to let it tame him, he vows… Read more

Porthault – Fine Linens

Posted on February 25, 2008 by Susie Hollands

  Image: Jan Marlyn Reeseman Jackie O, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn were Porthault addicts. If you enjoy getting up close and personal with high thread count bedsheets follow in their kitten heeled footsteps down avenue Montaigne to the hôtel particulier, which houses this haut de gamme specialist in linen, Egyptian cotton (406-thread count) and… Read more

Serge Lutens

Posted on January 18, 2008 by Susie Hollands

Stroll into the wonderful Palais Royal, a few steps from the Louvre but quite off the tourist beat; in the Galerie de Valvois running down one side is Les Salons du Palais Royal. Here you will find Serge Lutens’s signature store. The boutique itself is a perle rare, the purple art deco finish makes it a… Read more

Thé Mariage Frères

Posted on January 8, 2008 by Susie Hollands

Image: Robyn Lee This famous company carries exclusive teas with great packaging and a huge range of flavours. Try Thé du Nil or “Marco Polo” (mélange parfumé fruité). Not only is it a fantastic place to shop for treats and presents at the Comptoir du Thé, but at most of their emporiums (there are now… Read more