Maison Chaumet Moves To The Left Bank Of Paris


As of January 2019, visitors of Chaumet will be able to discover the French Maison’s contemporary creations in an ephemeral boutique, in hôtel particulier at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. While, the historic 12 Place Vendôme address is undergoing restoration.

The new address will see Chaumet share its history, its attachment to the arts and the most beautiful pieces from its heritage.

Chaumet, the Parisian jeweller and watchmaker – since 1780 – is already entwined throughout the right and left panks of Paris and the Maison will continue writing the tale that has linked it to Paris from the very beginning.

By selecting Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a legendary neighborhood positioned within the coronary heart of the long-lasting left financial institution district, the brand new location will host a series of exhibitions open to all. The Maison will share its historical past with Parisians through a series of exhibitions and events.


From the beginning of February, there will be an exploration of the inspiring relationship between Chaumet and writers. As you enter into the ground floor, you are met with an aurora of connection to the many artists who have utilised the space. From Edith Wharton, Karen Blixen, Olga Picasso, Louise de Vilmorin and Marie-Laure de Noailles among its celebrated clientele.

Immediately, the personal mansion positioned at 165 St. Germain Boulevard in Paris, is the epicenter of class effortlessly, well-read elegance and properly learn. Making it a choice as bold as it is natural for Chaumet.

Maison Chaumet has lit up the Place Vendôme for more than two centuries, and intends to shine as brightly in its temporary address, on the left bank.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.




Hermès Out of Africa

Karen Blixen Safari
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke aka Isak Dineson

French Maison Hermès has been searching through its archives and has discovered a beautiful luggage case that was specially designed for the ‘Out of Africa’ author Karen Blixen.

Otherwise known as Isak Dineson, the case was one of two supposedly designed for the writer during the 30s, the first being in 1930 and the second, more complicated version in 1935.



Reportedly the latter consumed 368 hours of work and is an extraordinarily complicated piece of luggage, truly worthy of an aristocrat facing the demanding African landscape.

Both pieces feature delicate inlays and engraving, with most pieces finished with a baronesses’ crown and the author’s DBF monogram which stood for Dineson Blixen-Finecke, a combination of her maiden and married names. Her full title was in fact Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.


As you can see there are a gargantuan amount of little pockets, nooks, crannies and vials that were made to house everything from spirits to smoking accessories, from playing cards to writing instruments, from perfume to sewing items, and from cosmetics to jewellery. She would have rivaled Mary Poppins.


Sadly and interestingly, the case never seemed to make it to Africa. Blixen left the continent in 1931, (her fledgling coffee plantation at the foot of the N’gong Hills having been hit by drought and financial hardship) and so no one really knows who commissioned the exquisite case for her.

It’s a beautiful thing and if you’re going on an extended safari, you could do a lot worse than ask Hermès to make a third… Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.