Debuting at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2012, Aje is know for its chic, edgy designs that can be found in every fashion-savvy wardrobe. Frequently visiting Paris for both work and leisure, one half of the fashionable Aje duo, Edwina Robinson, knows the stylish ins and outs of the City of Love. “French style is all about insouciantly combining the everyday with the extraordinary,” says Robinson. She credits the effortlessly cool Parisian style with not only strongly influencing her personal aesthetic but also that of Aje’s AW16 collection, “Insouciant”. Here are Robinson’s go-tos in Paris.
Favourite breakfast spots
Despite the French traditionally not being lovers of breakfast, there are now some amazing breakfast haunts in Paris – lucky for me, as I’m a huge lover of early-morning delights.
Dedicated to the art of breakfast, Claus is a particular favourite of mine. It’s simple and minimalist in its décor but sensational in its culinary offerings. Owned by German-born Claus Estermann, it strikes the perfect contrast between sweet and savoury, hot and cold, in true German style.
I love Colorova – run by Guillaume Gil, formerly of Hôtel Plaza Athénée – for its delicious French pastries and stylish, arty crowd. Also Buvette for the same reasons.
In the Upper Marais, Café Pinson, with its amazing vegan and vegetarian delights, is the perfect way to allow the digestive system a little relaxation post croissant overload!
Best boutique fashion shopping
I love the Marais and Rue Saint-Honoré. Both are so inspiring, as they house the best of the best, with no expense spared. The window displays are out of this world.
Where to buy vintage fashion
I’m always inspired by the amazing Francoise Auguet, who owns the beautiful Ragtime boutique on the Left Bank.
Also, Anouschka, which is owned by a former fashion model who literally opened her “wardrobe” and apartment to the public. It’s filled with the most extraordinary pieces from her fashion travels. By appointment only, though, unfortunately.
A shop not to miss
There are so many truly incredible stores in Paris. However, one boutique that manages to combine the best of everything into one – or, rather, many – spaces is L’Eclaireur. There are several L’Eclaireur boutiques scattered throughout Paris, spreading their magic around this amazing city.
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Although overwhelming at times, the Parisian flea market, Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, is a must-see for lovers of beautiful objects. Whether you’re into designer furniture, vintage fabrics, ceramics, jewellery, antiques or art, “the Puces” has much to offer those who are willing to brave the crowds.
Philippe Starck has opened an amazing restaurant, Ma Cocotte, there – which is the perfect place to find a little calm among the mayhem.
Indulgent beauty spots
Biologique Recherche, in a little courtyard just off the Champs-Élysées, is loved by many of the fashion elite and is heaven for the skin. They approach skin care in a very scientific way and target the beauty procedures to how your skin is on the day of your appointment – it’s a very special service.
Also, The Spa My Blend at Le Royal Monceau, with its Philippe Starck-designed pool space, is a hammam like no other – beyond amazing. You’ll never want to leave.
Great place for a drink
Having a spritz at Hôtel Costes makes the world a better place. It’s also the best place in town for people-spotting.
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