I grow weary of department stores any day, as much as of supermarkets on a Saturday. The idea of navigating through floors of slightly different but largely similar luxury goods is rather unappealing, the uniformity of neatly packed racks is dispiriting, the luck of originality irritating. Department stores are certainly not high (if at all) on my wish-list when I travel. Unless…
Unless they boast such awe-inspiring features as the monumental dome of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the iconic half-timber framed exterior and the splendid wooden interior of Liberty of London, or the original wooden escalators, amazingly still in operation, in Macy’s New York.
I got to discover these marvelous, last surviving remnants – manufactured by Otis Elevator Company in 1902 – just in time, before they become too cumbersome to maintain or deemed too unsafe by current standards (thank you Dievca, for pointing me in the right direction)!
On the other hand, I love window shopping; any day, any where! One of my favourite pastimes, not only it relaxes and helps defrag my brain but it is also the most delightful way to get acquainted with fashions, trends and habits in places I visit.
I enjoy learning what people like to wear, eat, read or listen to; how they accessorize their homes; I savour the occasional element of surprise, occurring at the most unexpected places.
Fancy joining me at an intercontinental city walk? Let’s see how New York and Paris share colours, styles and – most of all – ambience!
Spend a small fortune on a floral bouquet print ensemble spotted in Madison Avenue, then another – slightly bigger fortune – so you can put your feet up in sumptuous style, over in Paris. Both made in Italy (or so the labels say).
Explosion of colour. Every shade, hue and tone – the entire Pantone chart in one Midtown Manhattan shop. Some escaped and stained Cardin’s futuristic hats and dresses, in Paris.
MacKenzie-Childs ceramics are an acquired taste but it was love at first sight at Mam’zelle Swing’s… that ’50s beauty would have been mine but for the mid-August break!
Tourist trap vs Rat trap. Guess who’s winning?
Riddle me this, riddle me that, where can I pick up my brand new iMac?
Taking a break but still bubbling over… where shall we go next, I wonder?
Photosets in pairs: first one from New York, second from Paris.
Shared credits: (Konstantinos & Lia)
New York, June 2014
Paris, August 2014