around le marais

The whole team has arrived safely at our gorgeous loft apartment in the Marais district of Paris.  Le Marais is famous for its quaint cobble stone paths, stand-alone boutiques, cozy brasseries and buzzing artistic energy.  Once we were all settled in, a couple of us went for a stroll around the neighborhood to get an idea of our surroundings.  We came across some incredible street art near the Centre Pompidou, Paris' museum of modern art, and we discovered that Le Marais is teeming with up-and-coming designers and gorgeous small stores filled with devine merchandise.  We ended the evening with a curbside drink at a local bar du vin, and a warm meal with our beautiful friend, Imogen, from sass & bide at a restaurant around the corner where we ran into the charming Marios Schwab.  Definitely a successful day.  And now it's time to get ready for Hussein Chalayan's show!

Stencil art on the door of a local graphic design business.
A street artist works on a chalk drawing on the pavement opposite the Centre Pompidou.

Kate Moss' image has been reproduced in art by everyone from Damien Hirst to Marc Quinn.  Now her image is being appropriated into mass street art. 

Queen Kate is literally unavoidable, her face plastered everywhere.

A cheeky little piece of street art in Le Marais.

So pleased to see that Korean designer Wooyoungmi has opened up a boutique in Le Marais.  Really gorgeous modern menswear displayed in a really wonderful set-up.

A carousel at the nearby Hôtel de Ville.

One of Marc Jacobs' favourite artists Yayoi Kusama's work on display at the Jardin des Tuileries.


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