Letter from Paris Holiday Window Displays 2016
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.
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
51, rue des Francs Bourgeois 75004 Paris
117, rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
12, rue Cambon 75001 Paris
13, rue Saint-Florentin 75008 Paris
73, rue des Saints-Pères 75006 Paris
64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
7, rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris
27, rue du Roi de Sicile 75004 Paris
Le Bon Marché
24, rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris
33, rue des Francs Bourgeois Paris
84, rue François Miron 75004 Paris
10, rue du Jour 75001 Paris
Joyeuses Fêtes! – Happy holidays!
About Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, TLJ’s Associate Editor for France
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: firstname.lastname@example.org