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April Events in Paris: Foire de Paris, Paris Marathon, Rhum Fest, & More

An old French saying advises that those struck with spring fever exercise restraint and cover up and stay warm until the month of May- an act of willpower made easier by the fact that this month is full of fun indoor activities.Fabrizio Verrecchia

April arrives in Paris with scattered showers and springtime colors. While the city isn’t known for its flora and fauna, Parisians take pleasure in the arrival of cheery yellow daffodils sold on street corners and the signs of the season- from fresh asparagus and shy strawberries- showing up at market stands. The city’s public gardens come back to life in the springtime, with delicate pink cherry blossoms and other buds bringing color to the lingering grey sky.

An old French saying advises that those struck with spring fever exercise restraint and cover up and stay warm until the month of May- an act of willpower made easier by the fact that this month is full of fun indoor activities.Fabrizio Verrecchia

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French Chic: Decoding the Secrets of Paris Fashion

French Chic, fervent-adepte-de-la-mode, Flickr 16

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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Holiday Shopping: Unique Christmas Gifts from the City of Light

Christmas Gift Shopping in Paris, Rebecca Plotnick Photo Prints

Rebecca Plotnick Photography

Gift-giving is one of those benevolent acts that requires several critical components to come together in order to make the perfect package: it should be creative and thoughtful, yet useful; selflessly chosen, but still reflect a little bit of you, the giver.

Christmas Gift Shopping in Paris, COTO Design Handmade Cushions

CO TO

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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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August Events in Paris: Rosa Bonheur’s Birthday, Music Festivals, Urban Culture & More

August 2016 Events in Paris, Rosa Bonheur's Birthday

Rosa Bonheur, Phil Beard

August is known as a quiet vacation month in Paris, but there’s no shortage of fun events to pencil in. Take in that exhibition you’ve been meaning to visit, catch an outdoor concert… this month is all about relaxed enjoyment. Hey, you can even indulge in Barack Obama’s favorite burger thanks to this week’s much-anticipated Five Guys opening.

August 2016 Events in Paris, Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Le Trianon

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, close to 94 blog

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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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Made in Paris: Local Designers in Paris’ Haut Marais

Shopping local designers at the chicest boutiques in Paris' Haut Marais with Kasia Dietz

French Trotters, Jean-Marie Heidinger

Living as a local designer in the uber-chic North Marais gives me insights into not only the most fashionable cafés in the neighborhood, of which there are many, but of the most noteworthy boutiques. Designers both French and foreign have chosen to call the Haut Marais home, perhaps due to its history as a small-scale manufacturing hub. You can still stumble across the odd zipper or ribbon shop. More likely, Paris’ 3rd arrondissement attracts the independent fashion elite for its contagious creative energy and strong local vibe. The area is a bit lesser known to tourists, as most frequent the more commercial, albeit charming, cobbled streets of the 4th.

Shopping local designers at the chicest boutiques in Paris' Haut Marais with Kasia Dietz

French Trotters, Jean-Marie Heidinger

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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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