Saturday, March 31, 2007

I've never had a proper Bonbon Oiseau oiseau mascot. Birds that have won my affection for the job include:
a rooster
a nightinggale
a _________.
Coq en Pate already has a great rooster though. (This site is a good enough reason to have children or spoil other people's children I guess.) It's way too cute for Bonbon, but I love it.

Inspiration at the Restaurant Depot

get a load of these clams!
Blue Point oysters-this entire box for $59! OISHI!
Getting hot-dogs for the infamous Snacky Kim-Chee hotdog!
This cart is actually not filled to it's potential-it was a small shopping trip.
Sandy Tyler-Moore.

I love going to the restaurant depot with my friend Sandy of Snacky like dogs love sticking their heads out car windows. You need to own a restaurant to buy anything (or go with someone who does) but the warehouse full of giant sized food stuffs makes me happy. It's so beautiful and industrial and tragic and wonderfully abundant with all kinds of food.
I usually get Royal Oak Charcoal* for Jim's smoker, cases of water and then walk up and down the bakery supply aisles for packaging inspiration and the giant canned food aisle for ummm...the spectacle.
*Burns H-O-T baby!

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Mercure Ivoire necklace

La Fôret Noire necklace

Le Refuge necklace

Getaway bracelet

Earrings for a Stick-Up

La Vie en Rose necklace

WWD saw some of my Fall line in NY and asked for some pieces from the Fall 2007 "Rêve des Bonnie & Clyde Collection". It's for a shoot for their A section-comes out 5 times a year. Awesomay. I hope it runs. In honor of the possible pick-up here are some pics. The collection is pretty East Texas wintry, inspired by Bonnie Parker and the pieces she might have worn, delicate with a hard edge. I kept fire marks on the silver, black and white and lipstick red, ultramarine blue, honey yellow glass. The glass is from my Fall trip trip to Paris: Victorian crystal and etched or cast glass from 1890-1930. They chose some of the pieces with the inky blue wedgewood cabs I love so. I wish I could find more of these--I've already bought out the lot. I love the serene hawk and moose motif.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Smeilinener White Rabbit Collection.

Smeilinener is an unbelievable line out of Berlin. I was lucky to meet Mischa, Smeilinener's designer, in Paris and she was very cool to let me wear this skirt (first picture below) one day. I took a break from the show and walked down the rue Saint-Honoré to check out the fashion week scene, and I swear people stopped me to tell me what an incrediblé skirt I was wearing. Heads literally turned to look at it and I think about that skirt every now and then and how it transformed me. It made that day really perfect.

Lucy in the Sky Collection

Monday, March 26, 2007

In Celebration of Anything

I'm not sure you can't be in awe of these banners by French artist Sophie Cuvelier. In wonderful beautiful awe. I would like to devote one entire room to them.

Young Folks

My new favorite song.

Ladette to Lady

The discovery of the British reality show Ladette to Lady on the Sundance Channel was akin to my discovery of Nutella. Sinfully deliciously evil. (Did you see that Nutella site? It's killing me!)
Take a bunch of wild, hard drinking, hard-living chicks from one side of the tracks and put them in finishing school on the other side of the tracks to wear the life outta them and teach them good old manners. That's the goal!
It's My Fair Lady for the oughts.
The super stuffy headmistresses of Eggleston Hall are really hard on the girls! They present the ladettes with challenges that range from modern domestic responsibility: woodcock plucking, trifle cooking and the ever character building flower arranging. Then, they present them with the social challenges of mixing with well-chosen, duck-hunting, high-brow (skirt-chasing) "gentlemen". Expecting the girls NOT to suck the punchbowl dry after a mixer with the well-bred, drunk-also young gents (who seem ready to lead the ladettes to pasture and pull their knickers down while the cameras still roll) is the juiciest part of course. The old uppercrust lady teachers then turn to the young uppercrust man-boys to tell them their opinions on the girls. "Don't get rid of the fit one mum!"
Each week they get rid of the girl who seems to not have her heart in it. At the end they get to go to the Debutante Ball. I can't say that taking a bunch of fun-loving working class lassies, often drunk, often flashing their tatas, often fighting their ways backwards out the pub and putting them through a 1950's era upper crust finishing school isn't both classist and sexist. I can. I can say that. Classist, sexist and spectacle-licious! Like a severed head in the road! I can't turn away!

Le Bonbon Display at Le Showroom

My table. I grew to love this table.

bears and wolves

Good success in Paris at Le Showroom to follow great stress in the preparation for the show and I'm psyched about some of the new shops that have taken on Bonbon for the Fall. These are pics of my display at the Atelier de Richelieu. The space, which is just down from the Louvre and very close to the Bourse and some of the other shows is really nice and clean and airy. Much better for me than some of the dark tradeshow floors I've seen.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bonbon's Paris Guide, Part Une

Le Tour pic by "The Chairman"

My friend is going to Paris on Sunday and staying right down the street from where I usually stay in the 5th so this is for Stacia:

Likeable Information
-Buy the little blue book, Plan de Paris par Arrondissement. It's the best for finding your way around, finding streets and better than any pull-out map. Walk down the Blvd. St. Germaine on your first morning through the 5th into the 6th. There are all kinds of bookstores and stationers where you can go in and ask for one.
-A Paris zip code will tell you which arrondisement you're in. 75001 is the 1st, etc.
-If you think you'll take the metro at least 10 times while you're there, buy a carnet. Just ask the station attendent in rudimentary French: "Un carnet, s'il vous plait" and then she'll hand you a bunch of purple tickets for about E10.60.
-I don't change money anywhere but ATM's-best rates, especially at the airport. The euro is kicking the ass of the dollar. I think it's at 1.32E=$1. Don't let this deter your fun!
-Unless you're going to take the train into the city in which I say more power to you, make a reservation to be picked up from the airport through Paris Shuttle. It's a shared shuttle service: you can pre-pay on-line and just ring them when you get to the terminal and tell them, "I'm here!" Cheaper than a taxi and if you don't like the feeling of mystery when you arrive in a new city, then this move takes the edge off.

Cafes and Markets
-The market at Place Maubert, maybe because I pass that one the most. I love the cheese monger there and there a few stalls that sell Provencal goods where you can Fleur de Sel (salt) and herbes, lavender etc. Along the back side of them market are wonderful little take-away food shops, a boucherie and all kinds of goodies to take a way for a picnic.
-Take your picnic to: Luxembourg Gardens and watch kids and their toy boats on the pond there or anywhere along the Seine, especially in front of Notre Dame.

-Good places for drinks/coffee/wine and a scenic people watching sit: Any of the cafes behind the Louvre at Place Colette, any of the little cafes on the Ile de St. Louis just near the bridge to Ile de la cite. I like Cafe Lutecia for beautiful views.

Bonbon's New Favorite Restaurants as of March 2007

1. Le Rouge Gorge: 60, rue St. Paul in the 4th (very close to the Seine and Quai de Celestins-just across the river from the 5th!) A wonderful intimate little restaurant/wine bar with a little cave in the cellar. The food is wonderful and you can go down with the lovely owner and choose your wine and take a bottle home as well. I can't get enough of this place. THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE IN ALL THE WORLD.
If you go for lunch, you can walk in and out of all the little antique shops on rue St. Paul.

2. Aux Tonneaux Des Halles: 28, rue Montorgueil in the 1st near Les Halles (Tel: 01 42 33 36 19) Very typical Paris bistrot with bad attitude and all but i like how saucy the staff is. it's not too expensive and you can have some really well prepared old school Parisian favorites like entrecote (steak) with mouelle (marrow bones..mmm) and blanquette de veau (rolled veal with white sauce) and cassoulet with crispy duck. Rue Montorgeuil is also really lively and fun and fun for a cocktail.Getting INTO it at Aux Tonneaux des Halles

3. La Rôtisserie d'en Face: 2 rue Christine in the 6th (just around from the rue Buci and rue Dauphine where there are lots of lovely restaurants). The atmosphere is a bit fancier- attracting an older clientele but the food is wonderful, specializing in roasted meats and fish. The chicken is the specialty and is the most delicious chicken I've ever tasted. The food isn't so heavy which is nice.

4. Le Relais de l'Entrecôte: 20 rue Saint-Benoît in the 6th just down from Cafe Flor off the Blvd. St. Germaine. I guess this place is a little touristy, and if you go late the line is around the block but the only thing you can order here is Steak frites. The waitress comes over and asks you how you want it done-you tell her and you eat the most delicious steak with the increasingly more delicious bearnaise sauce in every bite. Vivian Pei, Sandy's cousin recommended it, and then Sandy and Craig went, and then I went and it was fun and delicious.

5. Ribouldingue: 10 rue Julien le Pauvre (01 46 33 98 80) in the 5th, not too far from rue de petit pont. I didn't eat here but I will next time I'm in Paris. It was recommended to me by my friend Ann of the amazing Ann-Ann handbag line and her husband Charlie who owns Vinoteca, a wine bar in London. They are people with palates to be trusted. The food here is apparently, uh, challenging as in pig snout and trotters and black sausage the such. But well prepared and really delicious I hear. And the name is pretty cool huh?
I'm so there--have someone ake the reservation for you if you don't speak French.

Walking and Doing
I love shopping and walking around in the Marais. Walk over to Mariannes for the best falafel in the Jewish Quarter around rue des Rosiers. A perfect day in the Marais would be to walk through St. Paul through Place des Vosges into the little streets behind and follow the signs for the Musee de Picasso, have a wonderful time. After that stroll back to rue du Vieille du Temple and find some cool new shops. Sit in the cafe across from the Biblioteque Nacional and have a glass of something.
In St. Germaine, I love buying a good looking sandwich from one of the little boulangeries and eating it while I walk down the street, something I'd never do in NY. I'm a sucker for art and office supplies and book stores and there are some great ones in the 5th on and around the boulevard St. Germaine and rue des Ecoles since it's a student-y area near the Sorbonne. You can visit the Côte Bastide store and Diptyque. Deliciously stinky fancy shops. Keep walking a little further along the Boulevard St. Germaine and buy some great French creams and shampoos at the Euro Sante on Boulevard St. Germaine at Place Odeon (across from Carrefour de L'Odeon or all the movie theaters). My favorite lines are Nuxe and Caudalie creams and Vichy sunscreen and under-eye balm. They give a ton of samples if you buy a lot and if the counter girl is in a good mood.

Go to Montmartre, to Sacre Coeur and all the little streets up there! Look at the last remaining vineyard in Paris and enjoy the Montmartre atmosphere.

Bonbon's museum picks: Musee Picasso, and Chirac's new museum is awesome: Musee de Quai Branly, and Musee De l'Orangerie. Of course the Louvre, esp. at night.

Everytime I'm in Paris, I'm obliged to visit the Eiffel Tower at night. It's become kind of a ritual. Then I go across the river and up to the Esplanade des' Invalides and I talk to all the African guys selling little glass light-up Eiffel Towers. The lights change from red to green to blue--very touristy but I love them! I usually buy one or two and give them as gifts when I get home. They're really pretty. It's really pretty to look at the Eiffel Tower across the way with all the little light up Eiffel Towers in the forefront.
This time, Alexa and Joe were there and we rode the carousel and took pictures with the French Infantry--don't ask.
I swear I'll think of more and will add a Part Deux when I think of it.

Back from Over Yonder

Sorry for the lapse in life reportage. Burnt out post-show and whirlwind that was Paris and my trip to Portugal was overly relaxing (poor me!). But I have so much to tell, to say and to show! Thanks to all of you who wrote to say, "What the _____! Is your blog not working or what!?"
I'm back, I'm back.