It’s currently Fashion Week in Paris, where designers are showing their Fall/Winter 2019 collections. Sadly, all of my invitations seem to have been lost in the mail (kidding!!). But I thought it would be fun to share my experience meeting a real Paris designer in her atelier.
But first, let me back up a bit, and tell you how this came about.
A Paris Shopping Experience
Last summer during our visit to Paris, we signed up for a shopping excursion with Paris Shopping Tour. It was such a wonderful experience, and I recapped it here…
Diane offered to take me on a more targeted shopping experience when I returned to Paris in December. Did I have to think about it? Pas du tout! This time, we started the morning at the boutique and atelier of Leoca Maison Parisienne.
Paris Fashion: Meeting The Designer
The designer of Leoca Paris is Maud Falcon de Longevialle. (That’s her on the left, and Diane on the right.)
We went upstairs to the atelier to see some pieces in progress for the Spring collection. (Some of the items shown are available online, others don’t seem to be yet. The top Maud is wearing is here.) She was utterly charming and so very French, as are her designs!
Leoca Maison Parisienne Designs
With a degree in Fine Arts, her fabrics and designs are informed and inspired by art. She works directly with artists to design custom fabrics. She said she loves this one because it reminds her of a David Hockney painting. (If you look closely, it’s a slightly surreal image of an armchair in a swimming pool.) Here’s a top in the same print.
The fabrics are French, Italian and Japanese, and the finishes and details come from French workshops.
You must accessorize, bien sûr! Here she adds a neon yellow cloth belt to a peach painter’s smock. Her approach to design and dressing is very playful, which I liked. These clothes are meant to last and be timeless, yet are not serious or stuffy.
I fell in love with this trench, which is supposed to be available for Spring. (Not yet seeing it on the website.) The large pocket on one side, and the piping on the pocket and inside of cuffs are such quintessentially French details. In fact, many of the pieces I examined had interesting little details and finishing on the inside as well.
Afterward, I tried on several pieces in the boutique downstairs. Though I didn’t need another coat, this one in grey-green wool with orange piping was tempting! (Available online and on sale HERE.) I left it behind, but did buy a lightweight denim popover shirt, which I’ll show you as soon as the weather here warms up a bit…
Here are a couple of videos from the visit I’ve shared on Instagram….
In the clip above, she describes her inspiration for the pattern.
And in this one, she talks about her creative and design process. It was a fabulous experience, and just one of the many types of fashion and shopping excursions that Paris Shopping Tour offers.
A Customized Experience
They’ve recently expanded the scope of experiences, and have launched a re-designed website that allows you to customize your tour to suit your interests.
Want to take a deep dive into the life, influences, and work of your favorite fashion legends? Check out the Fashion Experiences. Want to create your own fragrance (I did, more on this later…) or learn to make a hat? There’s a Workshop Experience for that! Looking to hit the French outlet malls? Yes, you can do that too. You can customize your experience for your budget, or types of participants (couples, girlfriends, tour group). Vintage? Decor? Antiques? Oui, oui, et oui!
Diane and the entire team of experts are incredibly knowledgable and multi-lingual. So even if your French doesn’t go beyond “bonjour” you’ll be able to enjoy these excursions. If there’s a visit to Paris in your future I highly recommend Paris Shopping Tour!
Disclosure: I was provided an excursion by Paris Shopping Tour at no cost in exchange for review. I did pay a fee for the fragrance workshop I’ll be covering in a future post.