Enjoying your working days in Paris whilst fabric sourcing or exhibiting at Première Vision? We know the working hours are long and the days are intense... But should you be able to relax -- or even extend your stay in the French capital! -- here are our cultural and shopping tips of what to do in the city:
See Some Art (And Get Some Inspiration For Your Next Fashion Collection)
One of the most famous landmarks in Paris -- besides the Eiffel Tower, of course -- is surely the Louvre. The French capital breathes art and it would be hard to choose a single exhibition to go to when time is not so widely available! We recommend checking “Trees” at the Fondation Cartier, a collective exhibition with drawings, paintings, photographs, films, and installations by artists and indigenous communities, along with research from botanists and philosophers. Perfect to find references and inspiration for your next fashion collections -- not to mention a restorative pause from working at Première Vision at the Foundation's gardens, hopefully enjoying the last days of sunshine of September.
A detail from Brazilian artist Cássio Vasconcellos’ piece, “Viagem Pitoresca Pelo Brasil #37” (“A Picturesque Journey Around Brazil”, in a free translation to English), part of the “Trees” exhibition. Image: Courtesy of Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain
Fondation Cartier: 261, Boulevard Caspail | +33 1 42 18 56 50
Restock Your French Pharmacy Staples
The fashion crowd -- and the rest of the world, really -- is amazed by the products available in French pharmacies. The cult surrounding them drives locals and tourists alike to a pilgrimage to Citypharma, one of the biggest ones, located in the heart of Paris. Check out the hype and go for a carefree browse or pretend you’ve forgotten a few toiletries to get new ones for the way back home...
Citypharma: 49, Rue Bonaparte | +33 01 46 33 20 81
Find Your Next Reading Material
What better place to let inspiration and creativity travel far without leaving the place than browsing through many different books? When in Paris, Galignani is the place to go -- a favorite of late fashion designer (and legend) Karl Lagerfeld. The bookshop was the first in continental Europe to offer books in English, and it’s known for the wide range of art and photography books -- the perfect place to stock on references for your next collection.
Galignani: 224, Rue de Rivoli | +33 01 42 60 76 07
Ready to expand your reference and inspiration library? Galignani was one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite places in Paris -- and he was famous for his fashion and photography library… Image: Courtesy of Galignani
Taste Some French Wine (And Drink It By The Seine)
Is it possible to visit France and not think about wine at all -- especially during a busy work week at Première Vision? The offer of bars with charming terrace seats is plentiful in the French capital, but if you want to delve deeper into the world of French wine, drop by one of the many Nysa shops (there are 47 around the city). The helpful staff can help you choose your new favorite bottle, or drop by one of the open (and free) wine tasting sessions. Is the sun still out? Brave the competition and find a spot to drink it by the Seine!
Les Caves Nysa: several locations
Appreciate Fashion History
Paris is one of the main fashion capitals in the world, and it’s so inspiring to dive into the streets and buildings that shaped the history of fashion as we know it. Who wouldn’t go to Paris and casually walk past 31, rue de Cambon to imagine a certain Mademoiselle Chanel looking through her apartment window? Beyond the famous shops, take some time to admire the French contribution to fashion history by visiting the Yves Saint-Laurent Paris Museum, for example, with 50 haute-couture designs and two of his most famous creations: the Mondrian dresses (Autumn-Winter 1965) and the collaboration with artist Claude Lalanne (autumn-winter 1969). Check out their website to schedule a visit to the atelier as well!
Yves Saint-Laurent Paris Museum: 5 Avenue Marceau | +33 01 44 31 64 00
Models pose with Yves Saint-Laurent dresses in front of one of the Mondrian’s paintings that inspired the 1965-1966 collection. Image: Eric Koch (Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0)
Go Hunting For Antiques
Are you a fan of vintage and flea markets? Head out to Les Village Saint-Paul, a combination of 5 courtyards that are home to 80 different vintage and antique stalls, along with cafés, restaurants, and art galleries. Founded in 1979 in the heart of the bohemian area of Les Marais, it’s the perfect little place to wander around at the weekend and maybe find some inspiring trinkets to take home.
Les Village Saint-Paul: +33 1 88 33 03 85
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