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Monday, March 31, 2014

Maison Ullens

Designer Myraim Ullens brings her line of uber-chic travel wear, Maison Ullens, to Paris with a flagship store in the golden triangle.  Ullens has collaborated with Veronique Leroy for the fashion and leather designer Peggy Huynh Kinh for the accessories, all laid out in a glorious boutique designed by Rem Koolhaas.   Topped off with a champagne bar and Pierre Herme chocolates, this place reeks of good taste.  The clothing, with a strong focus on cashmere, is aimed at the world traveler and those who live out of a suitcase. Or maybe she means a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk?

Cafe des Abattoirs

The name sounds oh-so-chic in French, but translating it gives you a hint at the menu:  "slaughterhouse cafe" serves up a nice piece of boeuf.  Chef Sophie Rostang's Lyonnais-style restaurant serves up classic French fair in an updated setting; leather-lined walls hint at the farm fare on the menu, and the gorgeous vintage sign reminds one of brasseries of yesteryear.