With the power of the internet and communicative nature of the blogosphere, undiscovered Paris finds are few and far between. So while some of my new favorites may not be untapped resources, I hope they may find their way into at least a few readers’ Paris folders for future reference. Undoubtably one of my favorite new discoveries, thanks to my sister’s unerring nose for the rare and refined, is Michele Aragon’s amazing shop on Rue Jacob in Saint Germain.
While some may wish to bury their ashes at Bergdorf’s (as I do on some days), I would most often opt for mine to be spread in someplace like this elegantly cramped emporium of eclectic and exquisite finds. I unfortunately have very few photos to share. I was so excited visiting that I dare to admit I momentarily forgot about you readers – my apologies.
With every inch accounted for, it was almost tortuous to try and see everything in one viewing. From new and old textiles to beautiful boutis, to tabletop and lighting, there is an expansive selection of distinctive items one might want to furnish or accentuate a home with. I don’t remember the provenance of this antique textile but its genre is clearly the basis for many covetable designs today.
And I’m sorry this shot is not sharper. Clearly I was torn between looking, touching and documenting, but how charming are these alpine looking fabrics. Perfect for a chalet chic retreat.
But one of my favorite aspects of the store was the custom pottery. I have always loved aptware and Michele works with a faience factory to make these similarly marbleized patterns. In the back you can see the malachite version. It is dark, lustrous and fabulous.
This predominantly taupe version is a bit warmer in real life and stunning. With subtle multicolorations running through it, it could easily pair with a variety of hues.
But my favorite and of course the most expensive, was the blue and white. I adored that the pieces are so ununiform. Note how the bowls have a more fluid, bleeding pattern. And while we’re at it, I’ll take the lovely etched glasses as well.
A true anachronism, Michele has no computer access – no website or even email. To contact her, you can call (phone number in first shot on door) or fax or of course stop by on your next trip to Paris. I know I will be! And stop back here soon for some more of my favorite Paris finds.