bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!
(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!
We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.
i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.
it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.
not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.
half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.
lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am
small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…
now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough
and a love letter can certainly do the trick…
lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!
i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~
hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality
the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…
we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff
and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started
mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!
anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person
anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~
good morning and happy monday! i hope your summer is jam packed with all the fun that only the blazing sun and vitamin d can bring. today i’d like to introduce a new friend i met on the trip to paris.
please meet the wonderful Brooke Crowle from Australia. her business is called elements i love and she’s working on every facet of it, like polishing a beautiful gem. she and i were sort of mutt and jeff, (she’s a tall gorgeous blonde) and hit it off right away.
we’re both importers and had similar (sometimes tragic )! stories of bringing containers and products into the US. she’s taken it as far as importing from india and morocco so i was really eager to listen to and learn from her.
she has her own special finishes and imports stunning linens and curtains. she doesn’t mind getting dirty with paint and stain but is also surround by such pretty things…maybe a trip to australia is in order!
in the meantime, we have her many social media outlets to get a fix of her pretty pics
elements that inspire her
vignettes she creates
ways to keep up with what’s new
and play behind the scenes in her workshop
these are some of the ombre curtains she designed and had made in india
and the linens on the beds in her shop…yum!
brooke’s photos are still rocking my world. love her perspective, edits and vision.
if you’re in the mood for a little visual soul food, then i hope you get a chance to say hi to brooke. she’s a really open and available source of knowledge with a great global vision. i know she’d love to hear from you and connect to what you’re doing too! and now i’m off to edit some pics of my own and get back to work. have a fantastic week!
ps: wanted to let peggy braswell know she is the winner of the book in the previous post. congrats! :)
bonjour everybody, ça va?
it’s been a few days of completely unplugging and i’m back to recapping the eventful days from the trip to paris. hard to fathom that i actually thought the editing, social media and blogging could be done in real time. even now with all the time in the world, there’s so much information on the web to add to the history of the places we went, that it’s hard to edit it down. but i tried!
sometimes i marvel at the paris we take for granted. busy roads, traffic lights, monuments, le metro. it’s hard to believe it was ever any different. but paris has so many layers and they all started with dirt roads, horses and no electricity or heat. but the pioneering french also had vision for creating an elegant lifestyle out of virtually thin air despite the sometimes abonimable conditions of the 1800s. and that’s the paris that facinates me endlessly!
you’d be hard pressed to research an old french company and not get a remarkable story and today’s is one of those epic tales. thanks to the ladies of EmbraceParis i learned something new each day and this particular one was my introduction the legendary house of Moynat.
before Louis Vuitton or Goyard ever existed, there was a grand dame with a vision and her name was Pauline Moynat.
her vision for a luxurious life when traveling or even celebrating the smallest events such a picnicing or packing toiletries has since elevated her to visionary status. and her chicness is still emulated today.
copycats still use her exact same designs in everything from the shadowed monograms, checkered pattern and trendsetting stripes designed specifically with and for each customer.
Wikipedia says: Moynat is the oldest French trunk-maker. Their first atelier was opened in Paris in 1849 by Octavie and François Coulembier.
They joined forces with Pauline Moynat, a specialist in travel goods, to open the first store on avenue de l’Opera. Moynat was one of the very first leather goods houses of its day.
Known for its traditional know-how and skills base in handcrafting made to order luggage and travel goods, the house became famous for its designs for automobiles, as well as for its technical innovations such as making its trunks lighter and waterproof, and for its notable participation in the various World’s Fairs.
apparently they also outfitted your horse and buggy if you didn’t have your automobile yet!
Video by Andrea Claire (more on her in a minute)
so we hustled off to see what was in store for us at a higly anticipated behind the scenes tour of the showroom, atelier and workshop. we knew we were in for something special and followed norma and her moynat bag in anticipation!
they’re using their phones for photos and tweets, it was a social media tour after all!
the store, like the bags and trunks, was sleek and superb.
pieces were displayed as works of art. turns out they are. each is lovingly handmade and held to the same high standard they’ve had from day one. the handles, leathers, level of detail and precision are unmistakably the company’s brand.
i thought this might be a good time to introduce you to the inimitable andrea claire, one of the girls on the trip. andrea is a brilliant makeup artist who works internationally. her instagram, twitter and you tube channel are full of gorgeous photos, videos and tips. but maquillage is only one of her many talents! among other things, i’ll remember andrea for being our group’s videographer. she handled imovie like a pro. and talk about working in real time! watching her was like observing a master. i could only hope to learn her techniques whenever i was lucky enough to pick her brain and catch a minute of her editing. this was a video she shot during our tour:
it was andrea who changed my photographic life on that trip and for that i’ll be forever grateful. she took the time to help me with my new camera (we had almost the same model) by taking a look at why i wasn’t getting the color, shots or settings i right. in 10 minutes she gave me the tools to know where to look, a lesson on the dials and buttons and basically gave me a new machine to work with. i was ready to chuck it after the visit to the chateau the day before!
after the showroom we were invited into the upper atelier where so much of the magic happens.
it felt very calm and relaxed and organized. in a beautiful setting there are just a few people working along with as they have been for years, surrounded by inspiration pieces as well as moynat’s collection of vintage trunks.
it was right around here in the trunks that andrea’s tips sunk in.
we all could have moved right in to that little atelier!
the third leg of the tour took us out of the shop and around the corner to the workroom. a small crew, maybe 6 people are creating the bags, doing the hand stitching, cutting the patterns and doing the exacting edging. they made us little tags…there’s mine!
in the end every piece is a truly something special to behold.
and still continue to create unusual peices that thrill and delight those who enjoy master craftsmanship, the art of travel and the love of entertaining.
all in all the trip not only introduced monumental company, but reminded me that it’s not the size of a business, it’s the quality of it. it’s not how much you produce, it’s what’s behind it. the brand is one i now look to in regard to the perfection that can occur when you’re focused, unwavering and detail oriented. i do have a piece i have my eye on this one for myself!
a girl can dream!
last but not least i was googling around and came across their classic bike accessory. we’d been on bikes earlier so i was intrigued cause it would make getting around town pretty special if you really had this on the front!
if you have room for a little more take a look a this fabulous video: nowness.com
now if you REALLY relished the day like i did, i have something for you. we had some free time after our morning visit and i was drawn back to the place. i went in and got one of the special edition books.
it’s filled with original shots of the store, history of the company and early advertisements. and i’m giving it away. on the next post i’ll announce the winner. in order to enter, just go to one of andrea’s links and follow her on one of her social media outlets. come back here and let us know which you chose in the comments. this was a social media event so let’s connect and work our web together!
Find Moynat here:
well i hope you enjoyed your tour. à la prochaine!