Today I rose with the every ambition of conquering Paris at least in regards to packing as many appointments as possible into one day. It was another overcast freezing Paris morning where you literally don't want to get out of bed, its so darn cold I'm always impressed when I do.
Our first appointment was at Oyuna's showroom in the Marais only ten minutes from our apartment which made me incredibly happy. Oyuna was founded in 2002 by Mongolian designer Oyuna Tsenerdorji and Swiss-Ecuadorian-British David Bernosconi, "Oyuna" combines both the nomadic heritage of Mongola with London's fashion and creativity. Oyuna stretches the notion of traditional knitwear by bringing forth timeless pieces made up of a never before seen quality of cashmere. She explains "We love the fact that everything we do involves creativity. Whether it's creating the cashmere dress or gift packaging or label, or experience for our customers, we like to think about every detail like: Is it practical? Is it comfortable? Is it an enjoyable experience?"
Our second appointment of the day was at the world famous Guidi shoes. In case you don't know what Guidi shoes are here is a little background information for you. Guidi was established in 1896 by tanners Giovanni Rosellini and Gino Ulivo. The focal idea of Guidi’s shoe collection is a passion for leather and a respect for its traditions, while refusing mass production and using an old craft and artfully creating shoes that only a great craftsman could make.
The rest of the afternoon we spent at the Tranoi show at the Carrousel du Louvre where we saw Avant - Toi, Johnny Farah, and Majestic. We also continued our mission to find new lower price point lines that don't compromise quality and looks.
Avant- toi is a luxury line of cashmere and wool sweaters for men and women. In the Avant- toi line various techniques and innovative treatments for distressing and dying the fabrics are used. The distressed smokey flocked treatments and distressing are just some of the characteristics that stand out in this line.
Johnny Farah is a Lebanese designer of handbags, belts, shoes, and accessories. All his pieces are designed and manufactured in Lebanon. He uses earthy colored dyes and vegetable tanned high quality leather. Both his leather brass and silver are custom-made for each piece resulting in a distinctive style.