agnes b. fall winter 2010 collection

agnes b. does it again for fall-winter 2010: classic French style with a modern twist. Unfortunately, it’s harder to find agnes b. stores, except in Asia, where they seem to be expanding. She closed her US boutiques last year, although Americans can order online at The best thing is still to visit her stores […]

Claudie Pierlot fall winter 2011 collection

I love Claudie Pierlot’s modern classic French style. Subtle and mysterious, these are the clothes that confident women wear. Here are a few examples from her Fall-Winter 2011 collection. Her shop is on 1, rue Montmartre, and it is one of my favorite boutiques in Paris. See the previous collection.

agnes b. spring-summer 2010 collection: classic, romantic and fresh

I have been a fan of agnes b.’s clothes and accessories for more than a decade. Season after season, she manages to deliver classic French style that feels young, fresh and vibrant. The clothes are timeless and feminine, never harsh or aggressive. For spring and summer, she has dreamy linen dresses, trousers, skirts and blouses […]

[untitled] by Maison Martin Margiela

Isn’t it refreshing to see a new fragrance without the name of an overexposed, soon-to-be-over-the-hill celebrity attached to it? [untitled] by Maison Martin Margiela is a strange but welcome addition to the world of perfume. Strange because Margiela himself is anti-publicity and would probably never attach his name to anything as pedestrian as a perfume […]

French style: Claudie Pierlot

One of my favorite French designers is Claudie Pierlot, whose boutiques I always check out when I am in Paris. Her style is casual but very chic with a French twist. She has several shops in Paris but my favorite is on 1, rue Montmartre. Check out my other favorite Paris shopping destinations.

Comptoir des Cotonniers opens Paris flagship store

Comptoir des Cotonniers has opened a flagship store on the Place St. Sulpice in a space formerly occupied by the Yves St. Laurent men’s store. CdC has a lot of boutiques in Paris but this one is huge. It even has a library! I love CdC’s clothes which are very French like agnes b. but […]

Apple opens store in Paris

Apple has finally opened its first store in Paris. The location couldn’t be better: beneath the Louvre Museum in the shopping center called Carrousel du Louvre. Although Apple has enjoyed a significant share in France, it’s been a mystery to me and to many French Apple fans why Apple has delayed opening a store in […]

Designer profile: Xuan-Thu Nguyen

This week, I am profiling fashion designer, Xuan-Thu Nguyen, a young Vietnamese woman who emigrated to the Netherlands with her family, but now lives in Paris. She has both ready-to-wear and couture collections. Her boutique is in the fashionable district of the Marais. I met Thu in Amsterdam a few years ago. I have always […]