OK . . . here's what I've been so excited to tell you about.
Of the many things I have learned through these past three years of Confectionique, one is that not everyone necessarily shares my version or vision of Paris. You know me: I love everything one would traditionally think of when they dream of Paris. But, after visiting with my French friends -- several of whom own businesses of their own -- I realized Paris means a great many different things to different people. The Paris of innovation and fun and color and pattern are all over the city, along with the love of modern, clean lines and very crooked lines of groove.
I want Confectionique to remain inclusive. I want everyone to feel their ideas of design are included in what I do. So, to test my idea of shaking things up a little, I decided to devote a small part of the shop to a fusion of Boho-chic style and Mid-Century design -- always with a French Twist.
I call it Boho Confectionique!
In talking with French friends we noticed a strong dialogue exists about the need for aesthetic change - or no change. In Paris, this disagreement can cause a great deal of angst. Remember the uproar over the pyramid at the Louvre? How about the Pompidou? The Eiffel Tower drew scorn when it was built and was discussion that it needed to be torn down. Even the Impressionist movement was an outrage to art! But now these are all beloved aspects of Paris. Much as many people love for things to stay the same in Paris, there has always been a drive to shake things up a bit. This is what the fashion world has always been about. Think of the boundaries pushed by the likes of Coco Chanel. Because of her, women could wear pants and pearls!
Paris is most certainly an innovative city. It has been this way for centuries. But in Paris, like just about anywhere, there has always been a resistance to innovation and change. It's human nature. There is a certain comfort that comes from knowing that life will remain predictable. It is heartwarming to know that every time I walk the along Champ de Mars I will look up and find the Eiffel Tower peering over the impeccably sculpted trees; that every night at dusk the lights will all magically illuminate along the Place de la Concorde; that if I walk along the bridge to the Île Saint-Louis, I will get to see a live performance of some kind; that Le Deux Magots will always be bustling with customers and waiters carrying trays of cafe creme and Laduree will be baking
fabulous pastries; and the Louve will always open it's doors to throngs of people.
Part of life is change and always moving forward. Come visit our new Boho Confectionique boutique during our upcoming Printemps (Spring) market and let me know what you think! I love hearing your ideas.
April "Printemps" (Spring) market hours:
Thursday, April 11: 5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, April 12: 11am-2pm
Saturday, April 13: 10am-4pm
Sunday, April 14: Noon-4pm