Paris

As the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Perrin, the iconic French brand founded by her great-grand­fa­ther, Chloe Perrin knows how to make the most of a day in the City of Light

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Last Word -

feel so lucky to have been brought up in Paris. I have an Amer­i­can mother and a French fa­ther, and although I’ve lived in the US for brief pe­ri­ods of time, I al­ways end up com­ing back to Paris. The city has shaped who I am—my taste in art, fash­ion, food, my love of literature and my sense of hu­mour are all quintessen­tially Parisian.

My ideal day in Paris would start around 8am on the bal­cony of my apart­ment on Rue de Bac with cof­fee and a warm madeleine from the lo­cal boulan­gerie. Then I’d walk across the river to the Perrin de­sign stu­dio—it’s the most beau­ti­ful com­mute in the world. I cross the Seine, walk through the Lou­vre and past l’opéra Garnier ev­ery morn­ing. En route, I some­times pop into a history of art class at the Lou­vre, as there is such a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics on of­fer and they change con­stantly. I try to go at least once a week to feed my eyes and soul.

My stu­dio is in the 1st ar­rondisse­ment, which is filled with Ja­panese restau­rants, so I usu­ally eat my lunch with chop­sticks—ku­n­i­toraya is my favourite. If I’m feel­ing unin­spired in the af­ter­noon, I’ll go for a wan­der and look at the shops. I’ve loved go­ing to the Bon Marché ever since I was a lit­tle girl—my mother would take me all the time, and I’d pre­tend to be her per­sonal stylist and help carry her shop­ping bags. I like it be­cause it’s not as crowded as other depart­ment stores in Paris. I also go to var­i­ous small vintage bou­tiques in the 1st. It’s a fun way to shop, as I feel like I’m trea­sure hunt­ing.

Paris is filled with mil­lions of spots for an af­ter­work drink, but my favourites are Le Ne­mours by the Palais Royale for a glass of cham­pagne, or Le Bon­a­parte (pic­tured, right) in Saint-ger­main for a carafe of wine. The wait­ers at Le Bon­a­parte are so won­der­ful; I know them all by name.

I love Ital­ian food and Le Per­ron is prob­a­bly my favourite Ital­ian in the city—the food is de­li­cious and I love the old-fash­ioned in­te­ri­ors. If I’m in the mood for French cui­sine, I al­ways go to Le Voltaire, which holds a spe­cial place in my heart, be­cause I live just above it and have been go­ing there with my fa­ther since I was very young. The res­tau­rant’s decor and food are so au­then­tic—few places have such charm.

But Paris is not just about eat­ing and drink­ing—there are also many won­der­ful cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy. I of­ten go to the bal­let at l’opéra Garnier—i can’t wait to see Ben­jamin Millepied’s new per­for­mance there.

I also try to go to mu­se­ums on Thurs­day evenings, when they stay open quite late. I re­cently re­dis­cov­ered the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art and was as­ton­ished at how beau­ti­ful the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion is. It was the in­spi­ra­tion for my latest col­lec­tion.

I try to walk home from wher­ever I have been, as Paris is so beau­ti­ful by night. Then I like to watch a good old movie be­fore fall­ing asleep.

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