Letter from Paris Holiday Window Displays 2016

Agent Provocateur Holiday Window Display

Above: Agent Provocateur Holiday Window Display.

To window shop like a true Parisian you must abandon any notion of a direct, linear path and relax into a sensorial journey of discovery.

Story and photos by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, TLJ’s Associate Editor for France.

It’s that time of year again. My 25th year, in fact, of celebrating December in Paris, the City of Light. Over the years, I have had an opportunity to cultivate a new perspective and frame of reference that comes from living in a foreign place, away from the familiar. While the season’s message and celebration of love, remains the same; the years have encouraged an introspective attitude amid the bustle.

Paris is a celebration of unhurried time. And beauty. No other city inspires quite the same way. Referred to as the City of Light, Paris is a compelling symbol of life, particularly in the heart of winter. The streets of Paris invite us to engage, explore, and linger. By observing details, our senses and capacities awaken to engage our whole body.

Sabbia Rosa Holiday Window Display

Above: Sabbia Rosa Holiday Window Display.

To window shop like a true Parisian you must abandon any notion of a direct, linear path and relax into a sensorial journey of discovery. Approach the experience with curiosity and prepare yourself to explore the blurred lines between reality and dreams. With the Eiffel tower on the horizon and the Seine flowing past you, it’s true — at least in your imagination — you’re in Paris…

Use these window displays as a way to deepen perception. For each one, pause to consider what stirs and inspires you in each display. Focus your regard and use your senses to look for the tiniest details. Take. Your. Time.

If you look carefully, in a quiet moment of attention, you’ll capture the magic of the season and understand its intrinsic meaning.

Holiday Window Displays 2016

Repetto

51, rue des Francs Bourgeois 75004 Paris
Repetto Holiday Window Display


Ysé

117, rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
Yse Holiday Window Display


Agent Provocateur

12, rue Cambon 75001 Paris
Agent Provocateur Holiday Window Display


Empreinte

13, rue Saint-Florentin 75008 Paris
Empreinte Holiday Window Display


Sabbia Rosa

73, rue des Saints-Pères 75006 Paris
Sabbia Rosa Holiday Window Display


Printemps

64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris


Lise Charmel

7, rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris
Lise Charmel Holiday Window Display


Dollhouse

27, rue du Roi de Sicile 75004 Paris
Dollhouse Holiday Window Display


Le Bon Marché

24, rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris


Aubade

33, rue des Francs Bourgeois Paris
Aubade Holiday Window Display


Simone Pérèle

84, rue François Miron 75004 Paris
Simone Perele Holiday Window DIsplay


Paloma Casile

10, rue du Jour 75001 Paris
Paloma Casile Holiday Window Display

Joyeuses Fêtes! – Happy holidays!


About Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, TLJ’s Associate Editor for France

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin
Kathryn Kemp-Griffin is the author of Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie. A journalist and entrepreneur, Kathryn has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990 when she started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours, a luxurious experience that goes behind the seams of the lingerie capital of the world. In 2010 Kathryn founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast health and supporting women with breast cancer.

Contact Kathryn at: kathryn@thelingeriejournal.com


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One Comment on “Letter from Paris Holiday Window Displays 2016

  1. Robin says:

    Hi there, Thank you for sharing.
    Do Parisian women buy for themselves in advance of holiday events, or wait (via gift, gift card or post holiday spree) to be given lingerie. Not basics or daily wear, but high end. Curious to know.
    Very interesting to see such a difference…
    1) not many stores have visual references to Christmas (either religious or secular)
    2) Some, like Dollhouse, look very cold, bored, not having fun (i.e. no fireplace)
    3) Does that Agent P location cater only to tourists? Wondering why English on the window, not French. Guessing that location is equivalent to Beverly Hills, CA, USA which is a location set aside for tourists and does not participate in events like the local market stores.
    4) Black & red, red & black… I would have expected more imagination, but better than Aubade beige

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