6 May 2012 - posté par Marie - 2 Comments
What do the Mata Atlântica rainforest in Brazil and an iconic French shirt label have in common? Let us give you a hint … It’s the designer of the brand, Anne Fontaine herself, who decided to take her love for the Brazilian rainforest to the next level by creating a foundation dedicated to restoring it.
Launched in New York last October, Anne Fontaine Foundation‘s mission is to act against deforestation in Brazil through a series of awareness-raising initiatives combining art and fashion.
We met Christine Dutreil, Executive Director of the Foundation, to find out more about the designer’s motivations.
Here’s the story of the transformation of a woman’s passion for nature into an active involvement in favor of the environment. Read more…
10 April 2012 - posté par Clémence - Comments
Manhattan view from Eagle Creek
You’re in for a thrill. A low rise building in a dead end street in Greenpoint Brooklyn, a staircase, a rooftop … and here lies the whole of the Manhattan skyline in front of you.
The setting is as unexpected as spectacular. You won’t find the usual cocktail bar or Zen gardens on that rooftop though: welcome to Eagle Creek, a real farm with honeybees and chickens. Be prepared, organic food over there is both an art and a science.
16 February 2012 - posté par Clémence - 2 Comments
Is it because of the Hershey’s Kisses we were offered during our visit on Valentine’s Day? Or because the water blue lighting was imagined by Hervé Descottes, an award nominee French designer? Whatever it is that brought us to the Newtown Creek Wastewater treatment plant in Brooklyn on Valentine’s Day was probably a bit crazy. Yet it was so much worth it that we want to take you there on a date with us! Don’t worry; you don’t have to sacrifice a romantic day for it: the place is regularly opened to the public.
8 February 2012 - posté par Julie - Comments
18 January 2012 - posté par Marie - 7 Comments
2012 will be dominated by sustainability!
A quick glance at the sustainability agenda of the year is enough to understand that 2012 will be a critical year for our planet’s future. Beyond the major recurring annual events such as Climate Week, Earth Day, the Week of Sustainable Development or the International Day of the Biodiversity, 2012 is also the International Year of the Sustainable Energy for All but above all the year of the 20th anniversary of the Rio summit and of the “Rio+20” event, which will be held next June. Read more…
14 December 2011 - posté par Julie - Comments
28 November 2011 - posté par Marie - 1 Comment
« Don’t throw that out, it may come in handy! » Such is the motto of Pascale Mussard, descendant of founder Thierry Hermès and muse of « Petit h », the latest ephemeral line that Hermès showcased in New York City this November before heading back to Paris until the end of the year.
At a time when upcycling is on the rise, we decided to further explore this special collection and went to see for ourselves the pieces featured in the NYC edition at the flagship store on Madison Avenue.
Here are in a nutshell the key highlights of the New York City venue.
Meet us in Paris next month to discover « Petit h »’s last opus of year 2011._
4 November 2011 - posté par Julie - 2 Comments
It’s a beautiful autumn sunny day in Paris, the perfect opportunity to tell you about a little garden of Eden…
Garden of Eve is the name of Royal Blush’s new collection. We had discovered this Swiss brand specialized in organic tanned or Nanai leather (the famous salmon skin leather) accessories at the GreenShowroom in Berlin.
Since then, Jana Keller, the designer, continues to make beautiful bracelets, belts and bags, always in compliance with her environmental and ethic values.
Look at the pictures … can you feel it? The warm colors of autumn, the softness of the material, the scent of the woods … No need to write hundreds of lines, let the magic of the Garden of Eve begin…
19 October 2011 - posté par Clémence - 2 Comments
(Credit: Mast Brothers)
The landmark Brooklyn institution is embarking on a new journey: Paris will be the new destination for this chocolate “Grand Cru”. No doubt it will win the taste of those French people so well versed in gourmet food, like it did with the White House. Seduced by its original flavor, we followed the chocolate track to its origin. That’s how we met Michael Mast, one of the two founding brothers, in his hip factory in Williamsburg. Don’t be fooled by the name, the place is a mecca for chocolate craft.
Here is the tale of a tasteful (ad)venture.