Leave it to UPS to find the coolest handbags in Paris (in Parisgirl’s opinion). We were wandering around the 9th and 10th arrondissement (Rue Paradis and Rue Papillon) in search of India Embassy’s new Visa services department (VS Services Ltd.) – more on that later . . . when we stumbled upon Karine Arabian’s boutique..
You know my feeling about handbags and accessories that skyrocket to absurd prices . . . but one can look – and admire. UPS commissioned a tote bag (which is currently featured in their Rue de Papillon window display). I’ve always had a soft spot for UPS. UPS delivery agents were the highlight of long office hours – and the brown truck was a signal that something good was about to arrive on the doorstep.
I had visited Christian LaCroix’s ‘History of Fashion’ exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs just last week. Now that I’ve seen Karine Arabian’s handbag: SAC ART DECO – a patchwork handbag in python (you won’t find this handbag on the boutique’s website, but if you stop, ask for the Summer ’08 catalogue) I’m convinced. This handbag deserves to be in a museum.
Yes, it’s portable art.
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No surprise then that Karine Arabian wil be participating at a fashion exhibit this spring and summer in Marseilles –
Musée de la Mode de Marseille – Exposition
Du 16 mai au 30 septembre 2007-05-21
Still this portable art is- totally out of my price range, but worthy of admiration.
According to Parisian friends, Rue Paradis and Rue Papillon brings you into the wholesale shoe district of Paris – in some rare cases, you can actually buy shoes at through a wholesaler (cash, of course). There are no fast and fixed rules (supposedly).
If you’d like to know more about Karine Arabian:
Boutique KARINNE ARABIAN
4 Rue Papillon
Tel. 01 45 23 23 24
24 Rue de Sevres
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli
Metro: Palais Royal (walk along the Tuileries Garden side of Rivoli) the entrance is just past the Carrousel du Louvre.
Admission: 8 Euro
The Christian LaCroix temporary exhibit has closed but the Musee de la Mode et du Textile, Musee de la Publicite (Advertising) are included in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.
Be sure to visit the Red Room (2nd floor).