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WILLY WORLD: La Monnaie de Paris is hosting an exhibition of photographs by the late Frenchman Willy Ronis, known for his poetic vision of the human condition. About 100 black-and-white images span the Thirties through 2000, and include his most famous shots of postwar Paris and Provence, and of factory workers on strike at Citroën and Renault. The show marks the centenary of Ronis’ birth. (He died last September.)
La Monnaie de Paris
11 Quai de Conti
Open Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun., noon to 5:30 p.m.
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DIY DIAMONDS: Seeking to democratize luxury, L’Atelier de Joaillerie at 10 Rue Royale, a new private jewelry atelier, sells bespoke creations at up to 30 percent less than equivalent pieces on the market. Working with a small team of experts, including designer Paola Lambert and two gemologists, clients can oversee the creation of their designs, from the preliminary tweaking of sketches to the selection of stones in the on-site gem lab. Vianney d’Alençon, president of 10 Rue Royale, who disclosed that a precious cross for a bishop was among the first commissions, said there are no price limits for orders, big or small.
L’Atelier de Joaillerie at 10 Rue Royale
10 Rue Royale
CHIN-CHIN: Le Meurice’s chief bartender, William Oliveri, is taking the guilt out of drinking with his latest summer creation: Le Meurice Tonic. Its startling green hue stems from algae spirulina which is blended with fresh pineapple and ice. The concoction is chockablock with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
228 Rue de Rivoli
Le Meurice Tonic, 22 euros ($26.75)
GET OUTSIDE: Chic terraces are multiplying in trendy Saint-Germain. The Emporio Armani Caffé recently expanded its restaurant with a new room and a bar, and added a 24-seat patio where antipasti and pastas are served.
A few doors down, the new Ralph Lauren flagship features a well-appointed courtyard where Parisians are all rushing to discover American delicacies like Ralph’s burgers, Maine lobster salad and crispy onion rings. Meanwhile La Société plans to open a 60-seat outdoor area later this month.
And over on the Right Bank, M64 has expanded into the quiet courtyard of the new Intercontinental Hotel.
Emporio Armani Caffé
149 Boulevard Saint-Germain
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain
4 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés
64 Avenue Marceau
RIGHT AND LEFT: The Hotel Madison — in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and once the home to the likes of André Malraux and Albert Camus — was recently refurbished. Half of the elegant and cozy 50 rooms have views of the Saint-Germain church and all are designed with sumptuous Lelievre fabrics in pastel tones on walls, furniture and cushions. On the Right Bank, Hong Kong-born designer Grace Leo has overhauled the Hôtel Beauchamps. The four-star property has a contemporary and cosmopolitan feel with sober furniture in natural colors, 89 rooms and suites on six floors, and an arty restaurant, Velvet, which serves breakfast, lunch and tapas during cocktail hours.
24 Rue de Ponthieu
From 157 euros, or $195 at current exchange, for a single to 900 euros, or $1,110, for a suite.
143 Boulevard Saint-Germain
From 380 euros, or $470, to 435 euros, or $538.
BUTTON UP: The Mona Bismarck Foundation is turning the spotlight on one of fashion’s most overlooked necessities: the button. “Buttons: Artistic, Historic and Cultural Phenomena” presents an array of rare historical buttons sourced by private collectors such as France’s Loïc Allio, America’s Millicent Safro and the late Diana Epstein. The selection includes a bronze button by Alberto Giacometti, a rare 2,500-year-old ornamental Chinese piece and quirky creations by Elsa Schiaparelli designer François Hugo, Victor Hugo’s great grandson. Among the highlights from Safro and Epstein’s hoard are “Washington Inaugurals” that honored the 1789 inauguration of George Washington; the Lafayette Button, commemorating the Marquis de Lafayette’s service as a general in the American Revolutionary War, and a number of 18th-century French diamond-trimmed buttons depicting the participation of French troops in the American Revolution.
Mona Bismarck Foundation
34 Avenue de New York
Through Aug. 14
MATERIAL WORLD: There’s a new Paris outpost for textile junkies: Rue Herold offers fabric from France, Italy and Japan cherry-picked by Charlotte de la Grandière, a stylist for various interior design titles in France such as Architectural Digest. Displayed on raised white tables in a bright white and airy space, the range includes stone-washed linens, cotton poplin and Japanese wools, as well as paper fiber and technical fabrics starting at 18 to 50 euros, or $20 to $60. “The idea is to mix fashion and design. I wanted an offer[ing] that was accessible, simple and of good quality,” says de la Grandière. The store also offers ready-made and made-to-measure cushion slips and curtains, and de la Grandière plans to introduce a pattern maker for garments.
8 Rue Herold
Open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
EASY LINEN: During couture week, a group of designer linen-clad scarecrows will hold court in Palais Royale on a freshly laid lawn of flowering flax. Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Swarovski and Roberto Cavalli are among about 20 brands that have conceived linen-based scarecrow looks for the installation, organized by Masters of Linen. Promoting the versatility of European linen and the savoir faire and textile innovations of the continent’s weavers and yarns, an accompanying exhibition will trace linen’s journey from plant to finished product. Concept store Merci, in tandem with the event, will offer a selection of fashion and home objects in linen.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais