Ritournelle’s 1st birthday and fashion finds from France

My goodness, it feels like I’ve been on vacation for years! I was terribly, dreadfully busy with my business trip to Boston, then spent a few delightful weeks in France and was swept up all over again in the joyful turmoil that is New York life. Apparently I am still accustomed to the French tradition…

Merci, the Parisian concept store with a big heart

Merci was the talk of the town when it opened its doors in Paris’s fashionable Marais district in March 2009. There was something unusual about this concept store with an eclectic selection of vintage Chanel bags, kitchen utensils and used books: Merci donates 100% of its profits to a charitable cause. While charity shops are…

IRO, Maje and Comptoir des Cotonniers: 3 French fashion brands gone big

A couple of years ago, I lived 3 minutes away from Maje and Comptoir des Cotonniers stores, and I can’t tell you how happy I was. Along with IRO, these are 3 French fashion labels not older than 15 years that are now go-to brands for French girls, with a growing success on the international…