The Vivienne Westwood collection 80% off

December 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Posted in News, Shopping | 2 Comments
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What would the planet fashion be without Vivienne Westwood? This world-known British stylist responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream…
Essential design elements include the adoption of traditional elements of Scottish design such as tartan fabric while her collection is inspired by punk accessories: safety pins, razor blades, bicycle or lavatory chains on clothing and spiked dog collars for jewellery, as well as outrageous make-up and hair.
Amongst the more unusual elements of her style is the use of historical 17th and 18th century cloth cutting principles, velvet, knitwear… The use of these traditional elements makes the overall effect of her designs more shocking.
Are you inspired by modern punk? Want to buy a tartan bag or the latest shoes of her collection without spending more than on an H&M shopping excursion? Are you in Paris this coming Thursday or Friday?
Well, I have this very unique and exclusive invitation for two, to participate in the bi-annual Westwood sample sales, where you’ll find no line or rush but great bargains in a beautiful apartment turned into a store.
The deal? If you are available tomorrow end of afternoon to get this invite in Paris, drop me an email … First-come, first served… or the best comment on my youtube video related to my (second) best job application… not sure yet!  

Be good to your wardrobe, be good to the environment!

December 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Posted in News, Shopping | Leave a comment
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The Dalia and Rose concept store just opened its doors and is the first ethical multibrand concept store in Paris. Launched by former model Clélia Moretton, the shop gives us a new vision of fashion in an ethical way. The store promotes organic materials, 100% hand-crafted materials, new designers, ethical jewellery.

A brief interview of Clélia in her store

Clélia has tracked down a brilliant selection of up-and-coming labels including Camilla Norback, a Swedish designer working with organic silk, Leaf, a recognized brand when it comes to organic cotton, Aqua the sustainable jeans maker, Pachacuti, which claims to sell the world’s first fair-trade panama hats; jewelry by Nikki Butler, a South African designer whose intricate beaded creations, under the label Nikki b, have already been snapped up by the likes of Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears. Dalia and Rose also has a large range of accessories hand-made by fair-trade co-operatives in Bolivia and ballerina flats that have been ethically sourced . Clélia searches for the right products by travelling and participating in all the ethical and fashion fairs. Her choices are always the result of personal choices and “coup de coeur”.
The idea is to make the shopping experience at Dalia and Rose good for the environment as well as you’re wardrobe, from 20 to 300 euros. Future months will be about opening the online store and developing the men’s range.
9 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré, 1st, Métro: Tuileries

Ventes Privées in Paris

November 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Posted in News, Shopping | Leave a comment
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The Sample Sales have started last week in Paris and going on until next week. Following is my selection of invitations. Click on the brands below, print and run! If you want to avoid the fights and long lines, try to get there half an hour before the opening on a week day. GO!

Article23 –  Antik Batik –  ba&sh –  Berenice – Bill Tornade    

 by zoe – Erotokritos – Kookai – Les petites –  Maje – Manoush   

 Sandro Stella Forest  – Tara Jarmon –  Zadig&Voltaire

Green Gold Rush in Interior Design

November 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Interior Design, Shopping | Leave a comment
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We are being bombarded with information that’s ethical, organic, sustainable, ecological, green… Is this another attack of marketing? Another strategy to sell more? On the contrary, the dictatorship of anti-consumerism? Maybe just the result of the sad ecological assessment: global warming, species disappearance, weather shocks… It appears that emergency is real and the World is in our hands!
Interior designers seem to have worked hard lately to think about a sustainable home in the years to come, and I’d like to focus on how one can make its home greener in France, being fun, creative and fashion forward.

Cardboard Design

In the world of green furniture, cardboard furniture is most evidently one of the biggest revolutions. I can’t think of my Grand Mother buying a cardboard dresser or even imagine it! However, it is fun, green, cheap, light, cardboard is known to be recyclable and biodegradable and despite beliefs, it is a very strong material! Table, chest of drawers, bed, armchair, bookcase… The most crazy shapes and colors are to be found all over the house. There is no such need of coatings, solvents or toxic glues and the energetic cost of production is very low, especially when the cardboard has already been recycled!
The Parisian Christophe Flahaut, who created tonkR is undoubtedly one of the industry leaders. All his creation are hand-crafted but sold at reasonable prices ranging for example from 800 to 1000 euros for a chest drawer. More industrial pieces are to be found on this market too, as it is the case with Orika and its set of four chairs and a table sold for 154 euros!
A chest drawer by tonkR                                           

 Flea Market

Shopping in flea markets is fun, full of discoveries, nice smells, reminds you of the good all times and makes the perfect Sunday walkway. And as you all know, buying antiques means recycling. As a real amateur of old furniture and antiques, I have a predilection for the Montreuil and Vanves “Puces”.
The one in Porte de Vanves (Avenue Georges-Lafenestre and Avenue Marc Sangnier)  has an enormous range of bric-a-brac antiques, whereas the Puces de Montreuil (cross the ring road and make a left) is more into pieces of furniture as such. These two flea markets are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Montreuil all year round, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

 Personal Wind Turbine

After proclaiming that “everything he had ever designed was useless” Philippe Starck started designing something truly useful and trendy: a mini-turbine for people to use at home to generate their own wind power. The mini-turbine is made of clear polycarbonate and is said to be capable of providing 20-60% of the power needs for the average home. It comes in stainless steel, bright orange or a transparent plastic that will be almost invisible on your roof.
The Starck turbine is being developed in conjunction with Pramac Lifter France, and after a couple years of research and hard work, it will be available this coming December with a price tag around 400 € for the smaller version (150w), plus connectic costs, and price of the roller and battery. The future distributors are kept secret until the formal launch but The Conran Shop could be a good guess!
The first Starck turbine to be released will be the1000w model followed by the 400w and 150w in the weeks to come.

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