So, come with me as I pay a return visit to Maison Marcellé and make good on that promise.
This stunning gold and ivory, glass beaded gown (circa 1945-1947) was a terrific find that Andrea snagged before Maison Marcellé even opened its doors. Mannequin Geneviève wore it exquisitely for quite some time until the day a very special lady came into the Boutique.
I’ll let Andrea tell the story:
“I bought the gown from a vintage dealer before I opened the doors to Maison Marcellé and knew that she would have to patiently live with me until the PERFECT woman came in to claim her. The gown hung on Geneviève quite majestically and was admired every day by someone too tall, too short, too low-waisted, too high-waisted. Because of all the intricate beading, sending it to Lorrie Rogers, our preferred seamstress, was not an option.
“Finally, in walked Kathy. We carefully pulled this heavy gown off of Geneviève, took Kathy back into the Marie-Antoinette dressing room and voilà….a perfect fit. She could have been Joan Crawford accepting the 1946 Oscar for Mildred Pierce…only better dressed :)”
On a recent shopping trip to Paris while wandering around Le Marais (more about that area later), Andrea stumbled upon a pair of vintage gloves in an exquisite little Dépôt-Vente (consignment/vintage shop) called Sissi’s Corner. It was love at first sight (in French un coup de foudre). As Andrea tells it:
“Sissi bears a striking resemblance to Coco Chanel, speaks English très better than I speak French, but neither of us has mastered each other’s native tongue. Still, we share a passion for fashion and our appreciation for each other’s style translated into an instant friendship.
“I spotted a pair of vintage (circa 1950-1955) ‘Séduction de Paris’ gloves in the original box. It was my last night in Paris and I’d already packed three huge boxes of French fashion fabulousness and dropped them off at FedEx to be shipped home to Maison Marcellé, but I was able to find room in my carry-on for this gem.
“Sissi and I keep in touch via IG almost daily and are looking forward to having un café when I return in September.”
Wouldn’t you just love to own an accessory from this truly elegant era? It was a time when no well-dressed Parisienne would dream of leaving home without her hat and gloves. These gorgeous lace gloves in the original box with the faint scent of its owner’s talcum powder are available right now at Maison Marcellé. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of vintage Paris.
|Photo From Travelshus|
Le Marais (from marécages – swamps) is one of my absolute favorite Parisian quartiers in which to shop, dine and just wander about and get blissfully lost. It’s constantly bustling with activity and bursting at the seams with creativity. Andrea shares my love of this eclectic area and some of her best finds, large and small, have come from there.
It’s also where she loves to stay, and her favorite hôtel particulier (once a private residence) is the charming Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais right in the heart of the district.
You have only to cross the threshold of this charming hotel to find yourself in the 18th century salon of writer Beaumarchais complete with a piano-forte from the period.
Among other unforgettable characters, Beaumarchais (né Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais) created the immortal Figaro, who inspired Gioachino Rossini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to compose two of their most famous operas -- The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, respectively.
Andrea loves this cozy hôtel de charme and its attentive staff who always make her feel like a valued houseguest. She is already looking forward to returning in the fall for her next buying expedition. I can’t wait to see what treasures she will bring back to add to her beautiful jewel box -- the Maison Marcellé.
Reluctantly, we must take our leave of Maison Marcellé (for now), but I know I will be back and I hope you will, too.
As Andrea and I engage in the traditional good-bye bises (kiss on both cheeks), I will share with you her parting words:
“I am so terribly flattered by your appreciation for the Parisian boutique experience that we at Maison Marcellé strive to deliver each day. Merci beaucoup for taking time to share what is happening in our little French corner of Haddonfield with your readers. I look forward to sipping pink bubbles with you again very soon.”
So do I. Won’t you join us?