The Chaumet salons on place Vendôme

Before visiting the Louis Vuitton workshop, I had the chance to spend time in the Chaumet salons. Located on iconic place Vendôme across from the Ritz, they were exceptionally open to the public for LVMH’s Journées Particulières. The place represents the high-jewlery brand well: it is as exquisite, refined and full of history. Avant de…

Afternoon Tea at the George V in Paris

A few summers ago, I ventured inside the George V in Paris out of curiosity. I marveled at Jeff Leatham’s sophisticated floral compositions in the lobby and courtyard, and the atmosphere in La Galerie embodied refined elegance to the point that a feeling of timelessness and calm remained in my memory. My friend Solli was recently invited…

Art and luxury: a necessary relationship?

Last week I attended a conference organized by my school on the relationship between luxury and art. The people around the table included Jennifer Flay, director of the FIAC art fair, and Lorenz Bäumer, a Place Vendôme high-jewelry designer who collaborated with Chanel for nearly 20 years. I found the discussion fascinating as it touched…

Champagne, pastries and tea at Plaza Athénée

My friend Milla and I have a tradition. We’ve only done it three times but the experience is so enjoyable we know it will be repeated. Whenever she takes the Eurostar (she’s British) to spend a few glorious days in Paris, I meet her at the Plaza Athénée on avenue Montaigne. And off we go…