Fashion week in La Ville Lumière
We loved being back in Paris at the start of this month to take part in the highly-anticipated Premiere Classe show, held in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. The atmosphere in Paris during Fashion Week is always electric — and this season proved no exception!
The almost constant rain during the week didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, and it was a pleasure to once again showcase our collection of genuine Panama hats and bags to some of the most stylish buyers and customers in the world.
We were also excited to be introducing our new collection of tote bags and hat-band detailing made with Piñatex™ — the eco-friendly leather alternative hand-crafted from pineapple leaves.
We’re always keen to explore working with fabrics and production techniques that tell a positive story about ethical fashion principles and community development — so we’re really pleased to have discovered such an innovative and sustainable new material.
As ever, we loved immersing new customers and partners in our brand and collection amidst such a beautiful setting. Another highlight was visiting our collection at local stockists, including the always chic department store Printemps.
It’s also exciting to see more and more Artesano hats gracing the heads of elegant Europeans — we know they’re perfect for some shade from the sun, but it was great to see them providing some cover from the Parisian rain too!
Our top tips for the City of Lights (and love) this time around:
When it comes to authentic French cuisine in Paris, it can be a challenge to dodge the tourist-traps. This time around, determined to live like locals, we decided to call in some recommendations from life-long Parisians. Chez Janou, perfectly located in the style mecca of Le Marais, certainly didn’t disappoint. With an authentic, buzzing ambience and decadent Provencal food, this restaurant oozes charm. Don’t miss the legendary (and infamously large-portioned) chocolate mousse!
If you’re looking for some old-world Parisian charm and some amazing acoustics, don’t miss the short but sweet classical music concerts held at the L’Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres. We stopped by for a quick culture-hit en route to dinner and enjoyed the peaceful talents of violinists and cellists in a truly inspiring setting.