We're off to Paris!
It’s that time of year again where Director Siobhan Bickle and Buyer and Boutique Manager Harriet Sutherland jet off to Paris, tasked with the job of viewing numerous designer collections and narrowing it down to select the very best pieces that the Camargue woman will love.
With just seven days on the ground, it’s going to be a whirlwind of a trip for the duo. Before take off, we sat down with Harriet to get an insider’s view into what they have planned for the week ahead (if only so we can vicariously live through her!).
When in Paris, where do you choose to stay?
We love staying in Le Marais or around the 2nd and 3rd. It is such a central area which gives us a good base camp for the busy week.
Do you prefer to walk or Uber around the city?
Both – it’s a beautiful city so we like to walk when we can. We try to plan our showroom visits so that there are a few in similar locations.
What are your Paris Fashion Week essentials?
With all the walking we do, having a good pair of shoes is an essential. This season I have Sofie D’hoore leather sneakers along with my Rejina Pyo Faux Leather Trench.
What brands are you most excited to see?
Definitely La Double J! After picking them up in Milan last June we’re looking forward to seeing them in Paris this time. We love their vibrant colours and prints and are excited to launch the label to the store this October.
Of course Dries Van Noten is always a special moment, going to the show at Hotel de Ville and then to do the buy (which takes a full day to do). We’re also excited to see the Marques’ Almeida show – it’s their first time showing in Paris.
Is there anything outside of work that you’re looking forward to?
It’s always great to see what’s happening in the city other fashion week. If timing allows it’s great to get to an exhibition. This visit I’ve got my eye on the Klimt exhibition at the new Atelier des Lumières precinct in the 11th.
Favourite place for a bite to eat?
Yard Restaurant: Parisian Born and raised on the Sunshine coast, Pamela Maudy and her partner Baptiste have headed up the kitchen at Yard Restaurant in the 11th Arrondissement – definitely a must try for anyone heading to Paris soon.
Chez Omar: You can’t go past the Marais institution for their Moroccan tagines. Plus the Maitre D is always so welcoming and accommodating but get there early as there is always a line.
Les Enfants Du Marche: This place is a must! Hidden in the markets on Rue De Bretagne, find yourself a seat and enjoy some amazing seafood.
Best coffee and croissant?
Boot Café is my go to for a coffee in Paris. You can safely find a flat white here.
Au Levain du Marais is a hidden gem around the corner from Place Des Voges
– their pastries are incredible.
Best place for a nightcap?
La a Cave a Septime – an amazing little
wine bar, perfect for unwinding.