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The Tibi Design Team Goes to Paris

Posted: 03/21/2013 2:10 pm

Each season, after showcasing Tibi's new collection at New York Fashion Week, my design team and I travel to Paris to source inspiration for the next collection.

We stay in the Marais neighborhood, an area comparable to Manhattan's "downtown", and home to a hole-in-the-wall place my team dies for, L'as du Falafel. Nothing in New York even comes close! Another restaurant we always enjoy is L'Avenue on Avenue Montaigne -- their Foie Gras is insane.

One of our main goals is spending time at Texworld and Premier Vision, two of the largest fabric shows in the industry. Together, my design team and I look through prints and materials for hours, taking notes and placing orders for future collections. I deeply value this type of creative collaboration and consider it to be one of the keys to Tibi's success. We also spend time visiting the city's department stores and specialty shops. Colette is an absolute favorite. I detour every time for some personal shopping (my latest splurge: Pristine earrings) and uncover so many inspiring finds.

I love to spend any remaining free moments walking around the markets on Rue Mouffetard, pausing on the Pont des Arts to take in the scene over the Seine, visiting local galleries and people-watching in the cafés. I've always identified with French style and in some ways Tibi's modus operandi is very French: clean pieces that are effortless but on trend and a relaxed look that is effortlessly put together.

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