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Chic-minimalist Mark Guard Apartment in the Latin Quarter

Chic-minimalist Mark Guard Apartment in the Latin Quarter

Available for Sale with Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty. Signed by British architect Mark Guard, this pied-à-terre in Paris’s 5th arrondissement won, in 1997, the RIBA Award for Houses and Housing, and was subsequently short-listed for the Sterling Prize for Architecture. The parisian Penthouse, once described by the Royal Institute of British Architects as ”a complete delight”, is now available on the market, with Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty. Created as an improbable retreat in the heart of the Latin Quarter (among the most renowned areas in the City of Light) the pied-à-terre was initially designed for a human rights lawyer that split his time between Paris and London (where he owned an apartment equally signed by Mark Guard). Uncanny as it might seem (because of its position on the top of an Art Deco building, only steps from Place Monge and emblematic Rue Mouffetard), the apartment invites to contemplation….

Flow, European Social Media conference – September 23rd in Paris.

Flow, European Social Media conference – September 23rd in Paris.

One of the biggest challenges for luxury brands in terms of communication is Social Media. They are not used to it, they wonder how to do it and most of the time they treat it as if it was an one-shot. So to be successful you need to get the right keys and that is the mission of FLOW, the European Social Media conference exclusively dedicated to fashion and beauty companies. Flow takes place every year in Paris, just a day before Fashion week. It is organized by Ykone, a leading French fashion community hub. Created by fashion lovers for fashion lovers, Ykone is your one-step fashion destination for news, interviews, shopping and much, much more. Flow, Fashion and Luxury meet high-tech The aim of the conference is to provide a rendez-vous between the creative minds who are shaping the social landscape of tomorrow and Brands. Every year there is…

Noël, Joyeuse Obsession by Prada – Printemps Department store.

Noël, Joyeuse Obsession by Prada – Printemps Department store.

The luxury french Department store PRINTEMPS, reveals this week their incoming partnership with PRADA for the next Christmas season. With a different theme every year, we are always impressed by the original parti-pris that the french department store evokes during the holiday season. And this year, the theme is called “Noël, Joyeuse Obsession by Prada”. In french it means, “Christmas, a happy Obsession by Prada”. Le Printemps, Luxury temple in Paris Since 2006, Le Printemps changed a lot, or let’s say it evolved a lot towards a certain image of the new century luxury. With the purchase by Borleti group from PPR, the french department store got into another league.  More luxury, more edgy and more modern than any other parisian department store. The level is so high that Printemps can compete agains a Sak’s 5th Avenue in New York, Takashimaya in Tokyo or even Harrod’s in London. With a…

Mugler Follies by Manfred T. Mugler… fabulicious !

Mugler Follies by Manfred T. Mugler… fabulicious !

Discover Mugler Follies, the new show by Manfred Thierry Mugler. It will take place at Le Comedia in Paris. And to describe what we think about this great initiative, only one word came to our minds: FABULICIOUS ! Manfred T Mugler revisit or I would say revamp the Cabaret Revue. He brings more glamour, more sexyness and a wild feeling of excitement. Mugler Follies, the pitch The show is about the story of an amazing woman searching for her inner balance. Accross multiple encounters, she not only discover herself but also transforms into a sublime and blooming woman. Step by step, we follow the journey of initiation of this young woman, her fantastic and unusual events, which bring such a chrysalis to become a sublime and radiant being, closer to the stars. In a hot show creativity, joy Mugler blends eroticism, magic high-tech, light processing to bring the viewer into a…

Dice Kayek, vision of modern femininity.

Dice Kayek, vision of modern femininity.

This month, the Fashion house Dice Kayek is our Fashion Designer of the month. This brand, affiliated to the Fédération Française de la Couture, presents a subtle and definitely modern vision of women elegance. The story of the Fashion house makes you travel from Istanbul to Paris. Check it out. Behind fashion creation there is always a great fashion designer. In the case of Dice Kayek, they are 2 amazing women, Ece et Ayse Ege. 2 sisters, originally from Istanbul – Turkey. They created the brand Dice Kayek in 1992 in Paris. Ece Ege attended to fashion classes at Esmod in Paris. Since then, the 2 sisters became a fashion symbol in Istanbul but also are a great representative of modern elegance. With their parisian education and current location, in association with their trips to Istanbul, Dice Kayek reveals a very modern vision of today’s woman. From its first collection of…

Discover the brand Louis Chevrolet watches by AJS Production.

Discover the brand Louis Chevrolet watches by AJS Production.

Version française ici You know the car brand Chevrolet (General Motors Company) without doubt. But have you ever heard of the watch brand Louis Chevrolet? First years Louis Chevrolet, at the origin of the name, was born in 1878 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (NE-Switzerland), his father used to work in the watch industry. He spent the first part of his childhood in the Swiss Jura in Bonfol then Beurnevésin. In 1887, his family left Switzerland to join the Gold Coast in France and his father opened a small watchmaking workshop. Louis made ​​his apprenticeship at the Roblin, repair cycles renowned workshop. He won at the same time many bike races on the hilly coast of Beaune with its sponsor, the bike manufacturer brand “Gladiator”. These victories earned him to reach the capital Paris in 1899 to be semi pro racer on track. He works in parallel in the automotive industry and…

Who wants to buy Le Printemps department stores?

Who wants to buy Le Printemps department stores?

2006 was an important year for Le Printemps, the french department store. It was the year that PPR group sold the luxury department store. Financial speaking, the trade was pretty complex. Le Printemps was sold for 1.07 billion euros to a financial group based in Luxembourg. A subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, grouping several investors take over 70% of the capital. The other 30% is taken by the Borletti group. This group, also based in Luxembourg gathers several investors: The Borletti family, several italian fortunes and companies like Dassault, Allianz..   Basically, all the profits of the parisian department store ended up in Luxembourg in the past 6 years. Now, the breaking news is the strong possibility for Le Printemps to be sold again. And again, things look very “dark”. Officially, the Bortelli group does not wish to sell its participation, at the contrary. They even made a proposition of 650…

Street culture, when style meets sportswear

Street culture, when style meets sportswear

Fashion can be a very serious business. Several codes, references, ways you do things and things you do not do. Of course there is also a lot of creativity, freedom and imagination. Someone said Fashion comes from the streets and he was not wrong as fashion is in the streets and it is part of the street culture. According to wikipedia, street culture is related to several youth subculture or counterculture topics pertaining to outdoors of urban centers. These can include street art, street dance, hip-hop culture, fashion or street sports (parkour, skating, streetball, Flatland BMX). Street fashion do not come from the nice design studios. It comes from the grassroots. It is often linked to youth culture and developed in most of big urban centers. Inspirations come from the streets and even high-end fashion brands get this inspiration to create their collections. Streetwear, also known as urban fashion is…

Damir Doma, Fashion designer of the month

Damir Doma, Fashion designer of the month

If there is one thing exciting about fashion, it is the fact that every year you can discover someone or something new. This month at Luxuryactivist, we welcome Damir Doma. He is our fashion designer of the month. Damir Doma is a fashion designer established in Paris. He was born in Croatia and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. Her mother used to have a clothing atelier, which brought a great influence to his own development. He studied fashion in Munich and in Berlin. After his studies, he moved to Antwerp in Belgium and started working within Raf Simons. He started his own label in 2006 and today, he is considered as the most important German fashion designer after Karl Lagerfeld and Jil Sander (source: BILD). His style could be described as a personal search of balance between style, cut and texture. The designer himself cites Issey Miyake as one of…

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire, the french fashion Brand is launching in this beginning of the year a new fragrance duo called Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for Her and for Him. I got the opportunity to review the masculine version. The Brand was created in 1995 by Mr. Thierry Gillier, grand-son of André Gillier (co-founder of Lacoste). The Brand name, Zadig & Voltaire, is inspired by the Novel “Zadig, or The Book of Fate” written in 1747 by the french philosopher Voltaire. The main character of the novel inspired Mr. Gillier because of his charisma, modernity and bravery. The fashion Brand has products for women but also for men and even a children line. Zadig & Voltaire is well known for its cachemire with rock skulls in brodery, their tshirts and the mythic Touly bag. The creative universe of the Brand is quite broad as they have a Music…

New Flagship store in Paris for Carl F. Bucherer

New Flagship store in Paris for Carl F. Bucherer

Carl F. Bucherer, the Swiss Watch luxury retailer, will open next year a 2,200 m2 Flagship store in the heart of Paris in France. Their aim: to internationalize their Brand and be visible to international markets. Paris is the most visited capital of the world. Millions of tourists each year come to the french city. Having a Flagship store in Paris is probably one of the best showcases you can imagine for luxury. According to the Brand, the huge flagship store will be located in the exact location of Old England store (they have already closed down). It is situated on the 9th district between Opera and La Madeleine at Boulevard des Capuccines n.120. It is in the true heart of the high touristic area, close by the parisian department stores like Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, Garnier Opera, Vendôme Place, etc… It will be finally a swiss story as…

Paco Rabanne, future visions by Le Printemps

Paco Rabanne, future visions by Le Printemps

The french luxury department store Le Printemps presented its vision of the future by inviting the avant-gardist brand Paco Rabanne to a special set at the heart of the parisian shop. In the continuous aim to become one of the edgy references for luxury in Europe, Le Printemps is always reinventing itself by always proposing surprising, original and high-fashion animations. After one of the most glamorous luxury christmas in partnership with Chanel, now it is the moment to get a hint of the future with Paco Rabanne. I must say that since the end of the Mr.Rabanne era, the Brand Paco Rabanne was more focusing on Fragrances than Fashion. Now, with a new Artistic Director and this new beautiful operation, we feel that the brand’s heritage is still its force. In deed, Paco Rabanne has a new Artistic Director. It’s name: Manish Arora. He is indian and has followed a…

Palais de Tokyo – come back later!

Palais de Tokyo – come back later!

In this beginning of the year, do not try to visit the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In deed you will most likely find the door closed. In deed the establishment started a full reconstruction. Only the restaurant, Tokyo Eat is open during the rebuilding process. It will last until April 2012. See here the official message found in the official website: If you wish to keep updated on the reopening, just click here for the newsletter. To recap, Palais de Tokyo is probably one of the most interesting places in Europe for Contemporary art. Building on its years of success, in 2012 the Palais de Tokyo will become one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe. It will now extend down to the Seine, and its surface area will expand from 8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. The public will be able to explore new ways…

Lubin, making history in Perfumery

Lubin, making history in Perfumery

Perfumery is an Art since the ages of times. Some names are for ever connected to Perfumery history and one of them is Lubin. One of the oldest Perfumery houses in the world, still in activity since 1798. Pierre François Lubin founded the company at the end of the 18th century. Very fast, the Fragrance house became one of the most fashionable brands at that time. In deed, by producing scented ribbons, rice powderballs and masks, Lubin seduced women called at that time “Les Merveilleuses”, “the wonders” in French. Les Merveilleuses were part of a trend in France characterized by a certain dissipation and extravagance, in response to the Terror period. They were the trendsetters of the time and Lubin their preferred brand. The fragrance won over the Imperial Court, and was worn by the likes of Josephine and Pauline Bonaparte. When the Bourbons were restored, Lubin dedicated his fragrances to Queen Marie-Amelie. Eventually, Lubin’s perfumes were…

The Riot Act at mor.charpentier gallery

The Riot Act at mor.charpentier gallery

On the 26th of november, at mor.charpentier gallery in Paris, a new exhibition starts. It is called THE RIOT ACT. Last summer, London experienced urban riots that generated a negative feeling. Young people feel there is no future and it is an entire generation that is at stake. All systems, political, social, economical are blocked and people are looking desperately to escape from that situation. Here is a strong video, from the BBC, in which the broadcaster Darkus Howe, express an intense emotion, reflecting the inconvenient feeling of the situation.   Inspired by this situation, mor.charpentier gallery presents from the 26th november 2011 until the 11th january 2012, an interesting exhibition called The Riot Act. Each artistic work blends ideas of intimacy and universality. All works represent a chapter of this manifest built around the turkish artist Inci Eviner. 4 more artists join Inci Eviner in order to translate this…

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