JÉRÔME DREYFUSS IN LE MARAIS, PARIS
The fashion designer & accessories king reveals his favorite neighborhood haunts
With a career spanning almost 20 years, we consider design genius Jérôme Dreyfuss to be French fashion royalty. Jérôme moved to Paris aged 17 and worked with many of the greats, including Givenchy and Hervé Léger, before launching his much-loved namesake line in 1998. He’s also married to a fellow Parisienne who you may have heard of – Isabel Marant. So, who better to take us around the City of Lights than the award-winning designer himself? Jérôme lives in Le Marais, with its many art galleries and trendy restaurants. Its colorful surroundings have been the inspiration behind his vibrant, eco-friendly handbags.
We present your guide to Le Marais, as told by its most creative resident.
You can read Jerome Dreyfuss’ guide to Paris here:
I’ve been living in Le Marais since twenty years old. I’ve always lived there because as I arrived in Paris I started to work in this industry and all the suppliers were in this area. In terms of food you have everything and in terms of culture you have a lot, so it’s really an area where you feel the culture, and as we are French we love culture.
Yvon Lambert - Contemporary art gallery & bookstore [14 Rue des Filled du Calvaire, 75003]
I’m going to Yvon Lambert because it’s a great source of inspiration and I’m always finding things that inspire me for my next collection, so you can go there and read the whole day. He used to be the best art dealer in the world, he’s got the best books. I always go there knowing I will discover something, that’s what I like about it, it’s always something you’re not waiting for.
Gallery S. Bensimon - Art gallery & Content store [111 Rue de Turenne, 75003]
Sir Bensimon has always been really good at pushing young designers, new designers, and I think it’s really interesting and I’ve been discovering a lot of new fabric, new materials in this gallery. It’s more about design than about art. You always see new things there its inspiring for designers like me.
Caractere De Cochon - Charcuterie & delicatessen 2 Rue Charlot, 75003
What I love most about about Caractere de Cochon is the owner, you know each time you’re going there you’re going in a theatre, its a show, its part of the ham you are buying. The guy is really funny and he can teach you about how the bit of ham has been made, he can almost tell you the life of the pork you are going to eat, which is kind of funny. The store is really small but everybody’s going there because its got the best ham of Paris. My favourite sandwich there is just the jambon berre, I’m French you know so just good bread, good butter and good ham, nothing else and it’s perfect.
What I love about the area is it has always been a great mix of everything. All the suppliers that were working in the area had amazing spaces and the really trendy one with the really popular one, so I like the mix there is in Le Marais. It is kind of bubble where everyone knows each other and so it makes it really cool.