- New Paris Concept Store
Karl Lagerfeld is to open his first concept store in Paris in february 2013! The store will be located in Rive Gauche on Boulevard St-Germain, and will house a range of pieces from the designer’s namesake label, Karl Lagerfeld Paris.
In the same space you will be able to find books, accessories, and a vast selection of limited-edition items from Lagerfeld’s collaborations, including tableware collections created with Swedish crystal maker Orrefors, luxury pens and lighters for S.T. Dupont, and the Karl Lagerfeld Diet Coke range.
- Comptoir des cotonniers
Over the last thirteen years this brand has based its succes on basics and trendier pieces which adapt to every woman and complete her wardrobe. The philosophy of this family business, lies onto a great concept regarding the possibility of shopping at the same boutique where complimentary clothes could be found. The whole communication of the brand is tailored around this last concept, which is also shown in their ad campaigns. There are several brand stores around Paris as in the rest of France.
- Les petites…
A brand which was launched in 1992 and which we love for its high quality fabrics and elegant design.Feminine and practical, dresses you for every occasion through out the year.You can find several boutiques around Paris, and its extremely kind staff will assist you in the best of the ways.
- Bel Air
IRO is a brand made of basic comfortable pieces, which will dress you throughout the day.We love the casual chick attitude of the fans of this boutique with several stores around Paris. A special attention for the details is more than appreciated by the fashionable crowds and the mens’ collection was expected since a while.
From the breathtaking images of Earth to the compilations of stunning places to visit, the Assouline store in Paris is full of books that we could all collect or place on our coffee table just because they make us dream..
Store Hours: Sun: 11AM to 5PM Mon – Sat: 10AM to 6PM
An original way of keeping a plant in your office or home, which can be an unusual gift for family and friends. These minimalistic yet colourful boxes can contain from one to several plants, giving a different note to your interiors.
You can find several stores around Paris, with friendly staff which will be willing to provide you with all the necessary information on how to take care of your beautiful plants.
A bit of history: Candles have cast a light on man’s progress for centuries. However, there is very little known about the origin of candles. Although it is often written that the first candles were developed by the Ancient Egyptians who used rushlights, or torches, made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow, the rushlights had no wick like a candle. It is the Romans who are credited with developing the wick candle, using it to aid travelers at dark, and lighting homes and places of worship at night.
Colonial women offered America‘s first contribution to candlemaking when they discovered that boiling the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes produced a sweet-smelling wax that burned clean. However, extracting the wax from the bayberries was extremely tedious. As a result, the popularity of bayberry candles soon diminished.
It was during the 19th century when most major developments affecting contemporary candlemaking occurred. In 1834, inventor Joseph Morgan introduced a machine which allowed continuous production of molded candles by the use of a cylinder which featured a movable piston that ejected candles as they solidified.Further developments in candlemaking occurred in 1850 with the production of paraffin wax made from oil and coal shales.
Born as a fabric company in 1961 in Paris, Saint Germain, by three artisans united by the passion for design, Diptyque became one of the most known boutiques in town. All the clients were given perfumed candles with each purchase and soon most of the elite clients of the boutique fell in love with the colourful candles. The more the voice spreaded around, the more the clients asked for new candles to be added to the existing collections which brought the company to become one of the most important worldwide. Today several boutiques exist around the world where you can purchase candles, perfums and home fragrances which are the perfect gift.
- Mariages freres
”The fragrance of adventure and poetry endlessly pervades each cup of tea.” Henri Mariage.
According to a Chinese legend, Emperor Chen-Nung, known as the ‘Divine Harvester’, was very strict about hygiene and drank only boiled water. One day in the year 2737 bc., as the emperor was sitting at rest under a wild tea tree gently blowing in the breeze, a few leaves tumbled into his cup. On drinking it, the emperor was filled with inexpressible well-being. Tea was born and has the privilege of being the most ancient beverage in the world.
One of the first French tea connoisseurs was Louis XIV. It is reported that in 1665 his doctors prescribed tea ‘to aid digestion’.
Mariages Freres is a parisian tea company which was founded in 1854 by two brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage, who became the premier tea importers in France. There are currently 3 tea boutiques in Paris, including the historical tea house in the Marais, and several around the world. All the tea houses have a tea museum devoted to the history of tea.
« Tea was not only a remedy against drowsiness. It was a way of aiding men to return to their sources, a moment in the rhythm of the day when prince and peasant shared the same thoughts and same happiness while preparing to return to their respective fates. » Lu Yu (733-804)