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Male Fashion Must-Haves | Winter 2013/14


My second attempt at a blog post for Savoir Faire is in a field in which I feel a fair amount more comfortable! This week I’ve ditched the apron for a winter coat and will tell you a thing or two about what you could see being worn by men in Paris this winter.

The first thing to note is that menswear in Paris is always high quality and independent. This is not only because Parisian men naturally have more pride in their looks (some would argue it is European fashion capital), but also because laws in the city restrict the amount of chain outlets. As a consequence, male fashion is predominantly dictated by fashion week which then filters down to smaller boutiques. The stuff on show is going to be of a higher quality and more personable, than say London. Big brands are less aspirational in Paris and even France in general as its more about having aspirational style trends or looks. Individuality is key, which has also weirdly created a kind of subculture whereby semi chained brands (such as Supreme, Stussy and Lazy Oaf) which are usually hard to come by, are hugely valued by certain men.

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Photo courtesy of Supreme New York

For Winter 13/14, urban men are going to be wearing a lot of semi tailored, smart/casual wear. There’s a move away from the skinny look, which has been dominating menswear in Continue reading

On Rue Tatin | A Cooking Course for All…


My initial thought when asked to attend one of Susan Herrmann Loomis’ cooking classes was one of sheer panic. Boasting tuna sweetcorn pasta and a bacon omelette as two of my finest dishes it is safe to say I am no culinary wizard.

Upon arrival, however, I couldn’t have been made to feel more at home. Alongside five other students, mostly tourists visiting Paris for a couple of weeks, I was warmly met by Susan and welcomed into her beautiful home kitchen, tucked away in the 6th arrondissement.

Having put on our aprons and passed by the perfectly laid out dining table, it was time to get started.

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First on the menu was salt tasting, the purpose of which was to show the undeniable difference in taste between sea salt and regular table salt. All passed round anonymously, the 3 sea salt pots were met with looks of pleasure and enjoyment, before the final pot of table salt induced grimaces from Continue reading