Designer Alexandra Golovanoff's guide to Paris - Upsmag - Magazine News

Designer Alexandra Golovanoff’s guide to Paris

I was born in Paris, however my household lived in between there and Moscow in my early youth. I keep in mind the structures and opportunities in Moscow appeared huge, so I constantly chose the size of Paris. We ultimately settled in the 16th arrondissement on the Right Bank. It’s really trendy, really green. We utilized to play in the Ranelagh Gardens, where there is a merry-go-round with wood horses and great deals of trees to climb up. There are little gardens all over in Paris however my favorite is the Jardin Catherine-Labouré, behind the Bon Marché in the 7th arrondissement.

Golovanoff at Le Voltaire on quai Voltaire © Arnau Bach.

I have actually invested my adult life up until now surviving on the Left Bank, in the sixth and 7th arrondissements. I have actually been all around Location Saint-Sulpice in St-Germain-des-Prés– Rue Bonaparte, Rue du 4, Rue Madame– so I have an extensive understanding of a micro-neighbourhood. Due to the fact that it’s loaded with shops, dining establishments, bookshops and galleries there are great deals of travelers however, contrary to what individuals believe, it is a town loaded with residents where individuals understand each other and state hi. If pals are going to, I suggest they remain in Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon a little and lovely hotel in this location with a beautiful yard and garden.

Golovanoff at Le Voltaire

Golovanoff at Le Voltaire © Arnau Bach.

Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon

Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon.

Today I reside on the quais de la Seine, in the antiquarians’ district– there are blocks of galleries along Rue de la Seine and Rue des Saints-Pères. My moms and dads were antiquarians, and I came here a lot when I was more youthful. I have actually enjoyed searching for antiques all my life and am constantly on the lookout for something. There is likewise the well-known Paul Bert Serpette market in Saint-Ouen to the north of the city– just recently, I discovered a Willy Rizzo enjoy light there, a match to another I discovered ten years earlier, and I had actually simply been waiting to discover a 2nd one. However there are flea markets all over Paris on the weekends, and I like to seize the day to opt for a walk in various areas.

The majority of days, I work from house and go out for my consultations or to do aim for my style label. I normally take my bike. If I have a conference, I like to go to a coffee shop called noir on Rue de Luynes in the 7th arrondissement, where they roast their coffee themselves.

Military surplus shop Doursoux in the 15th arrondissement
Military surplus store Doursoux in the 15th arrondissement

There are many brand-new locations to consume, however I am loyal to my routines. I frequently have soba noodles– hot in winter season and cold in summer season– at Yen, a Japanese dining establishment on Rue Saint-Benoît. I am a routine at Café de Flore, and although it is touristy, it is still really Parisian– though we residents like to sit within, not on the balcony. They have had the exact same personnel for 25 years and they all welcome me by name. I like Le Voltaire too because of that. Thierry, among the waiters, constantly calls out, “Bonsoir, cherie!” The food is easy and French. I never ever consume french fries, other than at Voltaire! And I enjoy the atmosphere at Café Basile on Rue St-Guillaume, which has initial midcentury decoration. It’s beside the Sciences Po university so there are great deals of youths there. On the weekends, we will have supper and lunch with pals, really frequently at my location or theirs– I go purchasing food at the marketplaces in Alma-Marceau on Saturday early morning.

Coffee at Noir, in the 7th arrondissement

Coffee at Noir, in the 7th arrondissement.

Julie de Libran's boutique

Julie de Libran’s store.

For clothing shopping, designer Julie de Libran‘s store, which is by consultation, is womanly without the difficulty. I enjoy her coats, coats and the double cashmere knits. for shoes, Pierre Hardy‘s store deserves a check out. I pick a minimum of 2 sets every season as they provide my attires such character, and while I do not normally use lots of tennis shoes, I like his white leather ones. Then for something else totally, there is Doursoux in the 15th, a military surplus shop I have actually been going to because I was a teen. I enjoy it for its khakis, pants and overalls– I like gathering the designs from various periods and nations.

In my own cashmere styles, I’m motivated by the colors of the city– the stone, the zinc roofing systems, the skies, all these tones in half-tone. Then there is the sundown when the Louvre turns pink– it’s wonderful. You can see it from the balcony of dining establishment Loulou in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is the very best view of Paris, I believe. Whenever I leave and return, I am struck by the appeal of this city; it alters and progresses however does not age.


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