Every once and awhile I come across a creative concept that literally takes me hostage; thus my fascination with the Yes Master brand at the Paris show last week.  After several days of focused exploration, it was a welcome treat to sit with Designer Igar Pacemski and listen to his vision of Intimates as a cultural and literary exploration into the Art of Lingerie.  The stories wrought by this 7 year old label are not … Read More

Paris Wrap

I’m back in NY where I have to say, the single digit temperatures trump the snowstorm in Paris.  I have had a few days to filter and as I like to do, I am letting the highlights of the Salon De Lingerie surface as I debrief.  As a merchant, that’s my way of finding focus.  I’ll leave the recaps to the trend services and press and give you with some of the images that made … Read More

Parisians are not well prepared for snowstorms.  The airport is closed down and the EuroRail was stopped for 2 hours for those en route from London.  The streets are still coated with an icy mush: plows and shovels probably don’t go with the French aesthetic.  This wintry weather is very auspicious. How coincidental that the major theme of this year’s Salon De Lingerie is “Ice Land”, the main message at the Fall 2013 Trend Forum.… Read More

Today at Salon De Lingerie was my general show overview and I did not spend too much time on individual brands.  Mostly I took stock of the show and what it had to offer.  It was a bit quiet here due to flight cancellations from the snowstorm and European economic woes, but still most of the booths with whom I touched base with were pleased with the traffic.

There is an evolving color story and … Read More

Paris Day Two: Delicious

I spent today with my blogging cohort, Ali Cudby indulging in a taste of French extravagance.  Meeting Ali at Angelina’s, the landmark tea room renowned for their rich desserts and perfect Parisian atmosphere; I insisted that she gratify her palette with their signature hot chocolate and whip cream confection.

Then it was off to Empreinte L’Atelier Lingerie where I had been invited to experience the company’s new bra fitting concept store which includes the ability … Read More

Live From Paris ~ Day One

Today, I did my regular first day run around to Galleries Lafayette, Bon Marché and the shops in St Germaine. It’s how I ward off jet lag after an overnight flight and a late check-in time at the hotel.  It’s January Mark-down mania in Paris and as usual the stores are packed with sales.  Interesting fact: in France big sales are government controlled.   These big price breaks are en mass, everywhere, only twice a year.  … Read More

I love the city of Paris and tomorrow I fly there to attend the Salon De Lingerie.  It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it and lucky for me, I have had that privilege many times.  Yes, it’s a trade show, long days inside voluminous halls foraging for inspiration with little time for outside expeditions.  But still, it’s Paris, whose elegance and innate style have made it one of the most seductive venues in … Read More

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