Refinement

Refined arts are the product of the superior craftsmanship during all ages in France when powerful patrons or business people encouraged the nation's craftsmen to create exclusive and unique pieces in all domains: architecture, interior decoration, jewellery, fashion. All these fashionable industries have flourished mainly in Paris, the capital, attracting designers from all over the world.

Let us help you discover again and again refinement in the arts that are so typically French: Fashion, Art and Design, luxurious Jewellery, homes and art collections.

FASHION

Today, Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin fashion houses are still synonymous with sublime luxury. Their flair for design and business encouraged them to build fashion empires which are associated with elegance and refinement not only in haute-couture and ready-to-wear clothes, but also in the perfume, accessories and decor industries.

ART AND DESIGN

Decoration, tableware, fabrics, objects, great selection of styles and decoration ideas 'made in France' to bring back home, shown in department stores, international trade fairs. "Maison et Object", "Puces du design" and the "Drouot quartier" are a must during your trip.

Come along with us to view the exquisitely furnished period rooms in the Louvre, Orsay, Carnavalet and Arts Decorative museums. The last one features the magnificent apartment of Jeanne Lanvin, among its extraordinary collections.

LUXURIOUS JEWELS

Do not miss the place Vendôme and rue de la Paix showcasing the most exquisite and refined jewels. Parisian creations are reputed all over the world for the divine quality of the stones and the craftsmanship of each piece. The most famous jewellers have theirs shops in this prestigious area, near the Tuileries gardens, in the heart of Paris' right bank. Let's help you discover this fairy-tale world: Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Mauboussin, Poirier, Van Cleef & Arpels or Victoire de Castellane. Visit also the Apollo gallery at the Louvre museum featuring the French crown jewels, rock crystal vases and enamelled boxes coming from the most prestigious collectors.

HOMES AND ART COLLECTIONS

The mansion of the count Moïse de Camondo reveals his refined taste and interest in the art of the late 18th century.  Elegance and taste is also present in the sumptuous private 19th century mansion of Edouard André and Nelly Jacquemart, the former mansions of Marie-Laure de Noailles, or the palace of the duchesse de Galliera. The exquisite collection of paintings, furniture and furnishings typical of the 18th century of the couple Ernest Cognac and Marie-Louise Jay is displayed in a 16th century private mansion. These palace-mansions have become museums. Private, luxurious collections are also on display in several other museums in Paris and its surrounding area.