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March Events: Fitbit Semi-Marathon, Martin Margiela, Benjamin Millepied, and more!

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Circulation(s)/Adam Wilson

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Sporty city dwellers will hope to soak up some sun on on March 4 when they attack the 21km circuit in the Bois de Vincennes for the Fitbit Semi-Marathon.

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Bruno Nascimento

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Tea at The Ritz to High-End Jewelry: A Luxurious (and Affordable) Christmas in Paris

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Rodion Kutsaev

“When Christmas comes, we are not the family that hangs stockings or sings carols…What we do do is head to Paris and spend the Christmas holidays at the Ritz” – Djuna Berlin, Everyone Says I Love You

Ritz Paris

Paris is the perfect place to treat yourself to a little decadent holiday cheer. Whether or not you belong to a wealthy Manhattanite family like the one in Woody Allen’s  musical comedy, there are still ways to spend an indulgent Christmas in Paris with luxury treats that don’t  require remortgaging your home.

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The Expat Mom Experience: Paris Fashion Post-Baby

HiP Paris Blog explores the fashion mom bluesParis Fashion Week – Jag

The air in Paris is getting cooler and the metro a little busier with Parisians restored from summer vacation, which signifies la rentrée is in full steam. September marks the unofficial start of a new year where to-do lists are acknowledged again and event calendars fill up. And if you are in a major city, September also marks Fashion Week.

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French Chic: Decoding the Secrets of Paris Fashion

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French chic.

Those two simple words have taken on such mythical proportions that they’re practically their own literary genre. Take a stroll through any big bookshop and you’ll inevitably come across a how-to section devoted entirely to helping us hopelessly style-challenged North Americans attain the elusive je ne sais quoi that our sisters across the pond seem to possess by birthright.

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Les French Desmoiselles: Ethical Fashion Made in France

HiP Paris, French Desmoiselles, Florie Berger

A mysterious event invitation showed up in my Facebook feed a little while back.

“Secret Christmas / Vente Très Très Privée Mode et Beauté” (“Very, Very Private Fashion and Beauty Sale”), it announced, presumably so exclusive that just one “very” wouldn’t do.

The invitation went on to reveal that somebody named Laurence would be welcoming shoppers into her cozy Paris apartment that Saturday, enticing invitees with the promise of treats, holiday fashions, and personalized beauty advice.

“If you wish to participate, email us so we can send you the address and door code for this secret rendez-vous”, the invitation instructed, stopping just short of adding, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”

The pre-adolescent Nancy Drew fan in me was intrigued.

French Desmoiselles, a chic new Paris fashion brand, on HiP Paris

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Empreintes: A New Concept Store Dedicated to French Craftsmanship

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

One of the newest gems of the Haut Marais, the Empreintes concept store is dedicated to fine art. At four stories and 600m2 of floor space, it’s one of the largest concept stores in the city, but you won’t find any kitschy trinkets here. The store was opened by the Ateliers d’Art de France, a syndicate representing and defending the work of crafts professionals in France, with members in over 90 different professions under the crafts umbrella. It functions as a gallery as much as a store, inviting visitors to take in the craftsmanship behind the products as well as offering the ability to purchase them.

Greenery and strands of twinkling lights add character to the bright white entryway. With products ranging from fine jewelry to scarves to tableware to furniture, each floor of the gorgeously lit space has something different to offer. The theme of the products in the store changes every two months, to keep new pieces coming in, keep the range of art and merchandise interesting and give as many members of the syndicate a chance to sell their wares. Everything is made in France, so you know you’re getting a piece that is truly one of a kind.

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

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Paris’ Best Barbershops: From Tradition to New Wave

Paris Barbershops, Alain Maitre Barbier Coiffeur

Alain Maître Barbier Coiffeur

There is a certain sensation that comes from stepping out of a barbershop completely refreshed and tailored, a feeling that, for the gents, doesn’t quite seem possible when leaving a regular hair salon. Like many cities around the world, Paris has experienced a revival of traditional barbering methods in recent years. Hand razors, shears, hot towel wraps, and aromatic oils are all creeping back into the grooming routine of the everyday man.

Whether you are a traditional gentleman sporting a slick back style, a modern man with a classic fade, a proud bearer of a full beard, or a younger dude pulling off something a little bolder, Paris has a great selection of barbershops to suit your style. Here are my top three picks.

Paris Barbershops, V.B.S

V Barber and Shop

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Archipel: Sébastien Cordoleani’s New Range of Locally Made Leather Bags

Archipel Paris; Handmade leather bags by Sebastien Cordoleani

Tucked away in a secluded garden on top of the hill of Montmartre is the joint home-studio of Sébastien Cordoleani, sole designer and craftsman at Archipel, a new Parisian brand presenting a range of innovative and elegant leather bags.

Sébastien, an industrial designer, holds a dominant presence within the French design scene. After having trained at the ENSCI – Les Ateliers, for more than ten years he has profited from major collaborations with French furniture designers such as Tolix, Moustache, and Ligne Roset. He also continues to develop research projects with prominent craft workshops both locally and across the globe, most notably at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto and the Villa Noailles in Hyères.Archipel Paris; Handmade leather bags by Sebastien Cordoleani Continue Reading »

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French Menswear: Three New Brands to Know in Paris

French menswear brand Études Studio

Études Studio

Workweek: cashmere jacket, chambray shirt, cotton trousers, and leather brogues.

Casual weekend: cotton t-shirt, cuffed selvedge denim jeans, and sneakers.

Parisian men certainly have an enviable ease when it comes to fashion, a skill presumably learned over years of cultural grooming. However, for the fashion-conscious dude new to the city, finding unique, quality garments outside the sea of luxury fashion houses can be tricky. Fortunately, three new-to-the-scene French menswear brands are reinventing the idea of classic style for the everyday man.

French menswear brand AMI

AMI

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La Cantine de Merci. Lunch in Paris’ Trendiest Concept Store

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Paris abounds with design galleries, chic clothing boutiques and tile-floored bistros serving market-fresh cuisine, but rarely do you find more than one together under the same roof. Merci is a delightful exception.

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Founded in 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, Merci is a concept store that rolls the best of fashion, design, household goods, lighting, and lunch into one stunning space in the Haut Marais neighborhood. Spanning three light-filled floors of a former wallpaper factory, the gallery-cum-boutique is run a bit like a magazine: roughly 15 “exhibitions” held throughout the year highlight diverse themes that have included herring, urban sports, wax-dyed batiks, and urban gardening.

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

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