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Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Paris on the left bank..

My favourite shop in Paris continues to be at Rue Saint Sulpice no. 8, Liwan, (see entry 9 November, 2011)All items from the beleaguered Middle East. 
Wonderful towels, slippers, dressing gowns - perfect for presents.

And for connoisseurs - the best, most refined, tactile, eclectic, unusual and authentic objéts d'art and antiques - Galerie J. Kugel in the Hôtel Collot - 25 Quai Anatole France. 
Nicholas and Alexis
charming and good looking, 
well-mannered sons of a bad tempered father with an extraordinary 'eye'. 
The brothers are fifth generation dealers when Eric Kugel founded the business in the Belarusian City of Minsk.

Caron on the corner of Rue François Premier and Avenue Montaigne my favourite fragrance Caron Pour un Homme. Both shops glitter and smell delicious.

Bags next door at Dior.
BCBG stands for 
Bon Chic Bon Genre - which epitomizes the boutique for gifts and house accessories whose doyenne is Doris Brynner - filled with the most desirable things.

More BCBG at Hermès - the temple of impeccable - leather suitcases & bags, as we know, and the smartest saddles and boots for equestrians - owned by a large percentage of my friends, hey! 

Right bank 24 Rue Faubourg  Saint-Honoré. 
Left bank Hermès Sévres - 12 Rue de Sévres.

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