Wandering Paris’ winding cobblestone streets that are lined with tall ornate buildings of stone and fancy ironwork felt like being in a movie. Art, gardens, and sustainable fashion were the focus of my recent trip to Paris. Highlighted here are a few of the slow fashion gems that I discovered.
It was announced in March that Paris is working to become the Sustainable Fashion capital of the world within the next five years through their initiative “Paris Good Fashion.” The initiative calls on designers, brands and fashion professionals to push eco-conscious practices forward. Every city needs a Green Fashion Initiative!
The first stop was Pause Conscious Pop-Up Shop. It was located for one week in Le Marais district where we were staying. Pause showcases a curated collection of work by sustainable fashion brands from around the world at pop-ups in different cities and hosts events in the space. It is created and run by two inspiring women from Amsterdam, Leticia and Romina. I loved the concept and meeting Leticia and Romina so much that I’ve signed up to participate with Vivid Element at Pause in London in September! More on that in the future.
Another favorite was randomly finding the pop-up Boutique Createurs in an alley in Le Marais of Paris. This shop featured handmade fashion and was run by the designers themselves. This felt like the Paris version of something you might find in Portland, with locally made clothing and accessories in a cool spot. It was great meeting the artisan behind Meg Serigraphie, and I brought home one of her handmade silk screened tops.
Ekyog has a number of locations in Paris including one in Le Marais, and it is an all organic and sustainable Paris clothing line. They have beautiful, simple, classic designs. Unfortunately the shoes I was eyeing weren’t available in my size.
Aujourdhui Demain is a vegan concept store with a boutique, cafe and market on Rue du Chemin Vert. We returned for a delicious lunch (I marveled at the homemade vegan blue cheese) and enjoyed the comfortable lively vibe, plants and interesting selection of vegan goods.
Bleu de Cocagne was all blue! The friendly owner and artist dyes locally sourced French linen with home grown woad, creating gorgeous pieces in all shades of blue.
Merci, whose profits all go to charities, carries higher end, colorful, sustainable housewares, fashion and accessories. They have a couple of locations, creative displays and delicious looking cafes as well.
Bio means Organic in French. We also enjoyed finding many organic cafes, including Desiree situated next to a florist shop in the Bastille, (soup pictured above) organic bakeries and an organic grocery store. There was even a gluten free crepe shop across the street from where we stayed. Enjoying fresh baguettes, soft French cheese and fine cappuccinos at outdoor tables in small cafes was such a treat!
These were all stellar finds in Le Marais and Bastille neighborhoods. It was heartening to learn that sustainable fashion really is world wide. I look forward to returning to Paris some day to discover more!