Elyse & i at Premiere Classe

As September draws to an end, that can only mean one thing at Elyse & I – feverishly packing for Premiere Classe in Paris! 

We’re looking forward to previewing our next season of bags for Spring/Summer 2016 to buyers starting from this Friday, 2-5 October 2015.

Look out for us at



2-4th Oct: 9 am to 7 pm.
5th Oct: 9 am to 6 pm.

Already in the city for Paris Fashion Week? Then here’s a few recommendations on what we adore and love to do when in Paris. There’s more than just macaroons (or should that be Macarons?)…

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    • Favourite Sips & Suppers – Paris is full of restaurants, many good, many overpriced, many impossible to get into. The restaurant that I go back to time and time again because it never fails to delight is Le Petit Marche (9 Rue de Béarn, 75003 Paris, France) - a friend who lives in Paris introduced me to it years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are also open on a Sunday night which is rare in Paris.

      For a pre or post dinner tipple, my sister and I stumbled across a jolly wine-tasting bar called Wine by One (9 Rue des Capucines, 75001 Paris, France) on a recent trip. Wine is poured from (bottles in a) dispenser so effectively you can sample lots of different varieties without committing to a bottle. Perfect if your thing is Rosé and someone else’s is white or red. However, there is something rather decadent and splendid about sitting al fresco, with your face in the sun, either enjoying an espresso, a light lunch or aperitif in one of the hundreds of street side cafes, watching the world go by and practicing your French with the attentive waiters.

    • Favourite Vista - Other than the Eiffel Tower by night - it is probably of the Seine river backdropped by the Louvre while walking over the Pont Neuf.

    • Favourite Places to stroll & people watch - Strolling down the left bank, down the Rue St. Honore or wandering through, Les Jardins de Tuileries.

                                              Image credits: Musee Rodin

  • Favourite Museums / Galleries - My husband would opt for the Musee D’Orsay for its symbolist and impressionist works while I have always loved the serenity of the sculptures and garden at the Musee Rodin and find it the most enchanting. It’s worth noting that on the first Sunday morning of the month, the galleries are all free to the public.
    Musee Rodin - Musée Rodin, 79 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
    Musse D’Orsay - 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

  • Favourite Shopping: flea and fancy
    Marche aux Puces - the flea/antiques markets in the north of the city on a Sunday morning. I think the shopping philosophy of a flea market should be ‘impulsive’ - I have always regretted not buying a vintage Japanese accordion fan shape purse on one weekend amble. I have gleaned much inspiration from vintage buttons and ribbons bought from here in the past.
    Boutiques/Indoor Markets - Galerie Vivienne or wander through the streets of the Marais to find hidden treasures and independent boutiques. 

    - it is a magical experience to ride the gilted elevators or look up to the art nouveau stained-glass cupola of
    Les Galeries Lafayette. While there is something so majestic about the black and white escalators that criss-cross their way up the floors at Le Bon Marche. Whether you buy anything or not, the experience of visiting these stores as well as their usually incredible window displays are worth the visit alone. 
    Le Bon Marche - 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France 
    Les Galeries Lafayette - 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
                Image credits: Galeries Lafayette