Paris, j’adore. Even more so when Chantelle invited me to learn more about their company and products. I arrived in Paris late in the evening last Tuesday and was warmly welcomed at the Hotel du Collectioneur where I would be staying the next two nights. Tired after a long day and train ride, I headed straight to bed.
I got up the next morning fresh and excited to dive into the program the Chantelle team has planned for us. First, we were taken on a guided visit through “Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs”, learning about how the underwear and also silhouettes of men and women have evolved over the centuries. After the historical insights, we went to the Hotel Royal Monceau for lunch which came as a three-course meal served interestingly in lunch boxes (the desserts from Pierre Hermé were exquisite).
We adjourned to a Starck-designed suite in the hotel for a presentation of Chantelle’s latest collection. We were also pampered with a fitting session with Claire Terentiev, the design director. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were further spoilt at the ultra-chic yet cosy Spa My Blend by Clarins.
Evening brought us together again for dinner at “Le Très Honoré”, à trendy restaurant situated on La Place Saint-Honoré. The warm cosy décor and atmosphere provided the ideal setting for convivial chats (about blogging, random gossips) with fellow bloggers from Paris sharing my table. Then we “retired” downstairs for drinks in a completely different scene. Guys in outrageous outfits were singing loudly without the least bit of discomfort. Truly an evening à la Française!
We often do not think much more about our underwear other than its look and style. It has therefore been fascinating for me to understand, for example, the attention to detail and creativity that goes into designing the intricate embroidery, or just how thoughtfully a bra is conceived. This short trip to Paris has been a charm and eye opener. Thank you Chantelle!
Thank you to Silvia from Bartabac Mode and Sonia from Trend and the City who took a few pictures of me. It was nice meeting you! Also a thanks to the photographer who followed us during the whole day.