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Centre Commercial: Ethical Fashion by the Canal St Martin

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

Hot on the heals of the ethical department store, Merci, comes a chic newcomer: the much vaunted Centre Commercial at 2 rue de Marseille in Paris’ 10th arrondissement.

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

As a conscientious citizen of the world, I’m happy to join the chorus singing this new concept store the praise it deserves. The idea is simple: ecological and ethical fashion that supports small-scale artisan industry in countries all over the world.

HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Centre Commercial

Sébastien Kopp, the co-founder of the innovative eco-sneaker brand, Veja, is responsible for this latest foray into stylish, well-made, ecological fashion − and the carefully culled results presented in this light and airy emporium, are surprisingly chic. Continue Reading »

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Dressing For Paris: The Parisian Male, From Bourgeois to Belleville

Swagger in Paris

In an episode of HBO’s New York comedy Girls, Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, ironically states as she steps out onto a hip Brooklyn street: “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap”. Sadly, the irony of this statement will be lost on a Parisian.

HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, Parisian Male in the SpringCarin Olsson

The creative, sometimes, wildly eccentric outfits seen on the streets of London and New York, are relegated to sporadic night-time appearances under the cover of darkness in Paris.

HiP Paris Blog, Olof Grind, Parisian Male in the SpringOlof Grind

Stepping out in anything risky during daylight hours might put you in the firing line of Parisian mirth and scorn. Surprisingly for a city, which is often referred to as the world’s fashion capital, there is an overall conservative, even uniform, approach to dressing.

HiP Paris Blog, [auro], Parisian Male in the Spring[auro]

Just in case you think otherwise, in Paris, cheap will definitely never be in. The general rule of thumb is this: the Parisian woman gives the impression of being effortlessly chic (you can be guaranteed there was nothing effortless about it); and the Parisian man is generally more polished than say your average New Yorker or Londoner – he would never consciously leave the house in a creased shirt, for example. Continue Reading »

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