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FOOD-DRINK
Inside Armand de Brignac Winery, France
by Emily Arden Wells The first sip of Armand de Brignac (colloquially known as Ace of Spades) is an unforgettable moment. Mine was in the hotel bar of the Plaza Athénée—a legendary Paris hotel. The waiter came to our table and slowly poured a glass...
DESIGN
Baise en Ville Skateboards
We met up with Laurent Pierre and Anne Isimat-Mirin during Paris Design Week, during which the duo launched their Baise en Ville Skateboards campaign on Kickstarter. The term “baise en ville” is slang frequently used for a small overnight bag...
DESIGN
Behind the Design of the Bugatti Chiron
by Matthew Askari "The Veyron was really near to the limit of what could be done," says board member and Bugatti’s technical development head, Dr. Willi Netuschil, referring to the very car that propelled the brand back to the world of the ultra...
TRAVEL
City Guide: Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
CULTURE
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Like many major fashion houses, Louis Vuitton is a keen supporter of the arts. Its Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris' Neuilly-sur-Seine neighborhood, is an impressive building designed by Frank Gehry that rises like a white spaceship out of the Bois...
HOTELS
Hotel Molitor
Starting the morning with a swim in the beautiful pool (your choice of indoor or outdoor) at Hotel Molitor is the best part of a resort-ish experience that has plenty of really good ones. The abundance of breakfast choices served in the light and elegant...
CULTURE
"The Art of Behind the Scenes" at Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc
For the second year in a row, luxury Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre and London-based creative consultancy Finch & Partners have delved into the world of behind-the-scenes photography for a striking exhibition in the south of France. "The Art of...
CITYGUIDES
Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Sophina DeJesus' Viral Gymnastics Routine With her teammates cheering her every step (and leap) of the way, UCLA's Sophina DeJesus (a 21-year-old sociology major) has performed a super-playful and very viral gymnastics routine that has the...
FURNITURE_DECOR
PARadISe Snow Globe
Pretty in pink, this snow globe from Colette spells out "paradise" but (in all-caps) also "Paris"—a very kitsch and sweet way of saying they are one and the same. The globe—measuring about 8.5cm by 8.5cm—is available in five colorways, with each one...
CULTURE
Le Sonneur's Love Letters
"I am at your door, almost in your home. I play with these limits and I begin a gentle intrusion," Le Sonneur tells us. Rather than the beginning of a psychological thriller, these words seem to be proof that street art can be poetic. The anonymous...
TRAVEL
The Refined Eccentricity of Hotel Particulier Montmartre, Paris
We were quick to visit Montmartre's Hotel Particulier upon its opening, back in 2007. In a crowded Parisian hotel scene, the establishment's charm and (family-owned) authenticity immediately struck us. Imagine, if you will, something from a Wes Anderson...
FOOD-DRINK
Decoding Dom Pérignon in Hautvillers, France
On the third day of Dom Pérignon's annual grape harvest, we joined the team in the pinot noir fields of Ay, in the heart of France's celebrated Champagne region and toured their medieval abbey grounds in Hautvillers. This was the second stage of their...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet 2015: be-poles' L’Article Collection
Graphic design studio be-poles—founded in 2000 by architect Antoine Ricardou and with offices in Paris and New York—has worked with the likes of Colette, Diptyque and The Nomad Hotel, among many others. And, like many creative companies, the studio...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet 2015: CH Picks, Part Two
Narrowing down the highlights and standouts at Maison & Objet is overwhelming—the fair is diverse, expansive and full of hidden treasures ready for their debut. In our second round-up of products and companies at the Parisian design trade show (see...
FOOD-DRINK
Gérard Bertrand's Wine Philosophy
Sandwiched between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Languedoc-Roussillon region—adored by vacationers for its sunshine and salty breezes—is slowly shedding its reputation for producing abundant amounts of value wine. One producer...
TRAVEL
La Cambuse du Saunier in Gruissan, France
Le Salin de l'île Saint-Martin is a special place in the town of Gruissan where even locals indulge in snapping a few photos. Located by the Mediterranean coast, the tremendous salt evaporation ponds (over 400 hectares) host the production of la fleur...
FOOD-DRINK
Vegetarian Hot Dogs at Le Tricycle
Those in Paris may have spotted Coralie Jouhier and Daqui Gomis cruising through the streets, bringing vegetarian hotdogs to the masses on their food bike service Le Tricycle. A loyal following has now resulted in a newly opened brick-and-mortar...
TRAVEL
Unique Vinyl Experiences in Paris
There are certainly plenty of disquaires, or record stores, in Paris to keep up with the regrowing interest in vinyl. From the collector's goldmine at Superfly Records (whose in-house label also reissues their favorite rare records at more affordable...
FOOD-DRINK
Pairing Krug Champagne and Music
Often when champagne pairings are discussed or enjoyed, the complementary partner is food, with an end game of flavors mingling and aromas matching up. The tastebuds are the target audience. While that makes sense, within the context of one of our...
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