06 / 03 / 14
FABRIC IN PARIS: Hotel Arvor
One of the fantastic things about travelling to Paris twice a year, is discovering new places to stay, and this time was the Hotel Arvor – a boutique hotel in the Little Athens neighbourhood, of Paris’ 9th arrondissement, recommended to us by the team at Margaret Howell on our previous trip.
Hotel Arvor has twenty-four rooms and six suites, all are bright and spacious with a studied simplicity, and some with great views over the rooftops of Paris. The proprietor, Nadine Flammarion, is of the family behind the major French publisher, Groupe Flammarion, which means there is no shortage of quality books filling unoccupied spaces.
Though Hotel Arvor is situated off the obvious tourist route, it’s location is crucial to immersing yourself in a different part of the city, which we enjoy doing on each trip back. Just north of the hotel, is one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Paris, Montmartre – the set of fantastical French film, Amélie, and where the Sacré Coeur Basilica can be found. It’s definitely an area preferred by the European tourists for it’s old-world Parisian charm, and we loved it there.
If you are looking to experience the big Parisian department stores, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are situated just south from where the hotel is situated.
Hotel Arvor, 8 Rue Laferrière, Paris.
28 / 02 / 14
3.1 Phillip Lim!
3.1 Phillip Lim is currently on route to FABRIC, and is set to debut in stores next week! Here is a preview of styles you can expect to see.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s raison d’être is providing beautiful everyday classics accented with a sense of madness. The result – cool, easy, chic looks for men and women that embody youthful elegance and personal style. The company’s vanguard vision of designer clothing, accessories, and footwear at a contemporary price point opened up the once dormant entry—level designer market.
3.1 Phillip Lim has established itself as a respected business model and is seen as a
pioneering force in the industry. Today the brand is available in over 400 boutiques and department stores across 50 countries, with flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. “3.1 Is about clothes that refine instead of define. A refinement that’s a bit classic in attitude, but imparts a sense of individual style, without looking or feeling forced. Confident, chic, and most of all, effortless.” – Phillip Lim
If you’d like to go on our 3.1 Phillip Lim request list, send us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, tune in to Instagram for notification of it’s arrival.
26 / 02 / 14
kitsuné interview we are from l.a.
After bringing us the world’s first 24 hour music video with ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, directing duo Pierre and Clément (aka, We Are From L.A.) came by Café Kitsuné, Paris, to have coffee and answer a few questions! Fun facts: We Are From L.A. also created the most viewed advertising in the world with ‘Baby & Me‘ for Evian, and generated the video for ‘I love you so‘ by electronic duo Cassius, both conveying a certain French eccentricity. Pierre and Clément are already part of the Kitsuné family, having directed the CITIZENS! video for ‘True Romance’ on the Kitsuné record label – A track on our playlist here at FABRIC.
We Are From L.A., you are really from France. So where does this name come from ?
We came up with this name during a drunken party. Everything started with Natalie Portman, after that it just drifted …
You went out to Los Angeles to film a 24h video clip for Pharrell Williams – a crazy concept! What is the creative process behind it?
We had the idea to make a 24 hours interactive video in the back burner for a while. Our goal was to give viewers an infinite content with a 24h video made of sequence shots that never ends because it loops over and over again. We have been given the chance to pitch the idea to Pharrell for his track “Happy” and after that, everything got on really quickly. Two weeks later, we were in L.A. to prepare the shoot.
Your creations are always very interactive. Could you talk to us a bit more about this desire ?
Interactivity is a precious way to emerge the audience in music, have them become actors of the video they’re watching. Interactivity is one of the only ways to allow a playful appropriation of music. Plus, we are only at the beginning of this medium, everything is left to do; with each project it feels like we are making progress, walking towards the future and it’s kicky!
As a directors duo, does each of you have a specific role on set or do you do everything together ?
We don’t really define roles for each other, we adapt in real time. We speak together very often, to make sure that each decision that’s undertake results from a mutual evidence.
You recently worked with Benjamin Millepied on a live show. Is this the start of an expansion from directing to more alive projects ?
We are eager to continue working on live objects; with the large improvement of the internet flow, it’s now a lot easier and feasible to have fun! With Benjamin we worked on having the dance integrated within a mix of video and real spaces. It was so interesting and we really hope we’ll get to work with Benjamin in the upcoming months…
What are your favorite hang out spots in Paris ?
Carmen, Maurice-set, Fantome … and the Café Kitsuné of course !
How was the coffee at Café Kitsuné ?
Cool place, cool decor, delicious coffee !
24 / 02 / 14
A suit doesn’t always mean pants! This week we are in love with this far more playful incarnation of the classic suit, by Carven. Their shade of electric ‘blueberry’ brings just enough fun to the
table without being excessive, and the gentle flare of the shorts creates a flattering silhouette to bare those Summertime legs.