Olivier Dupon is a prolific author and tastemaker and has written several coffee table books in recent years including The New Artisans, Encore! The New Artisans, The New Jewelers, The New Patissiers, and Floral Contemporary, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Olivier contacted me in 2011 when he was doing research for The New Patissiers asking me who I thought were the top patissiers in Paris. Of course, I was more than happy to supply him with my list of favorites. The book was published in 2013 and I was glad to see Olivier had written about some of the patisseries I recommended, along with gorgeous color photos.
In 2013 Olivier picked my brain again and asked if I knew any shoe designers in Paris as he was writing a new book about shoe designers. Again, it was a field I had expertise in, as I used to sell ladies shoes in Bergdorf Goodman and also ran a family shoe store. I suggested two local shoe designers with their own shops in the Marais, Fred Marzo and Zoe Lee, both who I’ve written about on Eye Prefer Paris.
Shoe: Contemporary Footwear by Inspiring Designers has just been published and my copy arrived last week. I was thrilled to see the opening photo of the book was a pair of Zoe Lee’s shoes, a pair of white ladies oxfords.
Olivier has thoughtfully curated a collection of 32 international shoe designers, showcasing more artisanal designers rather than the obvious well know brands like Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. A mix of some well known designers like Rupert Sanderson and Tabitha Simmons are mixed with new and upcoming designers starting to make their mark.
Each designer has an opening page with a biography including inspirations, influences, design process, and quotes, followed again by gorgeous photos and illustrations.
Bien sur, shoe freaks will love this book and have to order it immediately but anyone who appreciates design will also like it.
Click here to order Shoe: Contemporary Footwear by Inspiring Designers on Amazon.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
Each 6” X 4.25” traditional size postcard is printed on thick matte coated card stock, similar to traditional vintage postcard stock that enhances the vibrancy of every image.
Only $60 for a 6 month subscription (plus shipping)or
$110 for a 12-month subscription (plus shipping)
My offer of a 12-month subscription with an extra month free is good until October 31, so remember to order now before the offer ends.
Come experience Eye Prefer Paris live with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I personally lead. Eye Prefer Paris Tours include many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes, food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks and gardens and much more. In addition to my specialty Marais Tour, I also lead tours of Montmartre, St. Germain, Latin Quarter, in addition to Shopping Tours, Gay Tours, Girlfriend Tours, Food Tours, Flea Market Tours, Paris Highlights Tours, and Chocolate & Pastry tours.
Tours start at 225 euros for up to 3 people, and 75 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.