YOUNG BLOOD: There’s a new jeweler on the storied Place Vendôme.
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Just over a year after launching her brand Dauphin during Paris Couture Week, Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld has opened a private showroom on the square that symbolizes excellence in fine jewelry.
“In the beginning, to be quite honest, I was against the idea because I have a very innovative aesthetic and my approach was intentionally to shake up the codes of the traditional houses,” she said. Then she saw a 750-square-foot apartment, located at the end of a narrow inner courtyard and up a flight of stairs.
“It was the perfect size for a little cocoon and I changed my mind. I thought it would be interesting, on the contrary, to be at the very heart of the tradition of French craftsmanship and to challenge the rules of this very closely guarded, privileged universe,” she added.
Designed by Félix de Montesquiou of architecture firm DAS Studio, the showroom comprises two rooms featuring white walls with traditional molding offset by a dark cement floor. Lighter-colored cement was used to create backlit wall panels and rectangular blocks mounted with glass display cases.
The Zenlike space provides the ideal backdrop for Dauphin’s elegant geometric designs, which include her new collection of rings made from pink gold as well as white, black and ink blue gold. Pieces range from a ring priced at 500 euros, or $570 at current exchange, to diamond-pavéd cuffs that retail for 35,000 euros, or $40,000.
The London-based designer, who also makes one-of-a-kind pieces, says her customers range in age from 15 to 80. “We get a lot of impulse purchases,” she noted.
— Joelle Diderich
16 Place Vendôme, 75001
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BIRTHDAY BASH: Tom Greyhound is feting the one-year anniversary of its Paris concept store on March 5.
The Korean multibrand retailer has tapped Wanda Nylon to design an exclusive capsule collection for the occasion. Built around the brand’s signature trenchcoat, the birthday lineup will include about 12 pieces.
There is to be an oversize version, as well as handsome shirt-and-dress-trench hybrids, with cotton and crinkled vinyl as the fabrics of choice.
“The idea was to merge our silhouettes with their materials,” explained designer Johanna Senyk, describing the capsule as “feminine, modern and very urban. This is nothing for the countryside or the beach. It’s street-based.”
Tom Greyhound is also due to set up a pop-up at Galeries Lafayette, where it decorated some of the shop windows facing the Boulevard Haussmann. The temporary store, which will feature 15 brands, including Time, SJSJ, System and Decke from Korea, is slated to run through April 4.
— Paulina Szmydke
19 Rue de Saintonge, 75003
Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TRESS TIME: Alexandre de Paris recently launched a new concept, called Studio, on Paris’ Place Saint-Sulpice in the sixth arrondissement. It’s billed as catering to today’s woman, making “haute coiffure” accessible to all.
The 666-square-foot location, infused with natural light, has seven posts for hair services, four places for technical services, four sinks and a fully equipped VIP room.
Starting at 8:30 a.m., multitaskers can opt for “Brush and Breakfast,” which, as its name implies, includes a blow-dry and meal with coffee, croissant and juice. This is offered for 45 to 65 euros (about $50 to $73). Then in the evening, between 6 and 8:30 p.m., “Let’s Go Out” is available for nighttime looks that can include a signature Alexandre chignon for 65 to 100 euros ($73 to $112).
Throughout the day, a shampoo-and-blow-dry package is 50 to 70 euros (about $56 to $78); adding a cut brings it to 90 to 130 euros ($100 to $145), and with hair coloring, it’s 115 to 135 euros ($129 to $150).
Brands used at the Studio include Kérastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair.
Quick hair fixes are available at any time. Manicures and pedicures, makeup sessions and barber services are also on offer.
Other Alexandre de Paris Studios are in the pipeline.
— Jennifer Weil
Alexandre de Paris Studio
1 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.