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Monomania In Paris: Gloves, Hats & Umbrellas

thomas-dimetto-parisStory by Sophie Delon

What is Parisian monomania? It’s a fixed idea, a favorite subject, an obsession, a fad. And monomania is the latest trend devoted to places or things with an unusual edge. And monomaniacs in Paris are finding love this season for gloves, hats and umbrellas.Glove makers are once again in vogue in the French capital, only now they’re mixing traditional expertise with a little bit of innovation, fashioning leather in a whole new way.

causse-gantier-parisCausse Gantier, a luxury artisan since 1892, is leading the way, with a boutique near the place Vendôme. Opened in 2007, the shop, with its contemporary design by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, is a favorite with celebrities and connoisseurs of finely crafted leather. Lamb, peccary, deer, python and ostrich are among the materials used and,  thanks to the secrets of fabrication passed on from father to son at Causse, they’re superbly fashioned. From timeless and modern chic to undefinable new creations, gloves are made here under the direction of talented designers Nadine Carel and Manuel Rubio.

Another fabulous maker of gloves is Maison Fabre, tucked away under the arcades in the gardens of the Palais-Royal. Established in 1924 in Millau, this family business boasts exceptional expertise in the history of glove making. The magic is found the use of only the finest skins, secret dyes, and in the unique method of fabrication. The boutique itself, a veritable showcase in steel, mole and coffee colours, is a chic changing room boasting 180 models. And for the ultimate in refinement, you can have a pair of gloves made to measure just for you, in your choice of material and color.

For rainy days (and there are plenty of those in Paris), there’s Pep’s.This combination shop and workshop has been making, selling and repairing umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks for more than sixty years. Tucked away in the Passage de l’Ancre, one of the oldest passageways in Paris in the district of Les Halles, this unusual store offers umbrellas and parasols of all styles, from small to large, manual to automatic.

alexandra-sojfer-parisThe most stylish and elegant address for umbrellas in Paris is Alexander Sojferthe in Saint-Germain-des-Près. Known since 1834 for their handcrafted parasols and accessories, umbrellas are made entirely by hand in the workshop adjoining the shop. The finest fabrics (from baize to silk taffetas) and materials (including ebony to mother-of-pearl) are used to transform parasols and umbrellas into veritable works of art.

This season, the ultimate monothematic accessory is the hat! To find the hat that suits you, the Chapellerie Julias, located near the Sacré-Coeur, offers a choice of headgear that ranges in styles from serious to utterly extravagant, all original creations at reasonable prices. A choice of shapes, materials and colors are available, offering styles both contemporary and trendy, and with service that’s both friendly and attentive.

The Chapellerie Thomas Dimetto is a new address in the Paris hat world. The former graphic designer changed hats, so to speak, to become a hatter and came up with modular styles including a three-cornered hat, a cowboy hat and a a pirate hat. These contemporary creations bring a touch of freshness and originality for hat fans (mad hatters?) and fashionistas looking to stand out from the crowd!

ALEXANDRA SOJFER
218 bd Saint-Germain, Paris 7th
Tel +33 (0)1 42 22 17 02
www.alexandrasojfer.com

CAUSSE GANTIER
12 rue de Castiglione, Paris 1st
Tel +33 (0)1 49 26 91 43
www.causse-gantier.fr

CHAPELLERIE JULIAS
59 bd Barbès, Paris 18th
Tel +33 (0)1 42 64 16 33
www.lachapelleriejulias.com

CHAPELLERIE THOMAS DIMETTO
On sale at Bruno Jourdain
17-23 rue Beaumarchais, 93100 Montreuil
Tel +33 (0)6 80 22 81 44
www.thomas-dimetto.com

MAISON FABRE
Les Gants du Palais
128-129 galerie de Valois, Paris 1st
Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 75 88
www.maisonfabre.com

PEP’S
Passage de l’Ancre
223 rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Tel +33 (0)1 42 78 11 67
www.peps-paris.com

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