Remember those multi-color Vuitton bags with pandas and flowers from a few years back? A year after the announcement by Louis Vuitton they they have ended its relationship with the renowned master-mind behind them, Takahashi Murakami, the Japan-born artist has just opened a jaw dropping exhibit at Galerie Perrotin in the Marais, Paris. The pieces are a bold reminder of his signature manga, Japanese pop-culture style, yet this time Murakami has introduced the element of paint (all be it in the form of spray), gold & silver metallics, a nod to Zen, as well as neon outlines of skulls and happy flowers that give the illusion of embroidery. There is also a small capsule collection of totes made of hand painted canvas Murakami has discarded over the last 20 years.
Pieces range in price from $50,000 to $3,000,000. So if that's feeling a little steep, you can purchase one of his totes or tees for €24.17 and €38.38, respectively, on the gallery's website.
Learning the Magic of Painting by TAKASHI MURAKAMI
September 10 - December 23, 2016
76 rue de Turenne
The Karl collection nearly came to an end a few years ago when he announced he would stop producing it. But the editors got up in arms and luckily, he decided to continue. I want almost everything in the Karl Lagerfeld store in the Marais on rue Vieille du Temple. The cell phone case. The furry clutches. The rose gold watches. Anything with his silhouette on it. It's all so good. But my favorite is the quilted cross body mini bag.
Quilted Cross Body Mini
13 cm x 18 cm
Available at stylebop.com
London based MARIEYAT creates pieces that seamlessly blur the lines between intimates and apparel. Combining cottons and silks with athletic touches, unusual cuts, and sexy accessories like garter belts and knee high socks, the collection is ethically produced in the designer's home town, Hong Kong.
Available at undone.me
A trip to Paris is never the same without a wine or two at the Café St Régis. Located on the tip of the Ile Saint Louis on a 5-way corner which is prime for people watching, le CSR is a classic favorite for both locals & tourists. In the afternoon, the terrace lights up with a warm Parisian sun shine that glistens off of the beautiful 17th century surrounding architecture. Come evening, you'll want to head inside to cuddle up in one of their banquettes and soak up the elegant interior that marries art nouveau with modern-industrialism. To boot, the food is amazing -- make sure you try their soupe à l'onion, the burrata and tomato salad, or the carbonara pasta.
Café St Régis
6 Rue Jean du Bellay
75004 Paris, France