2011 February 14

La Vie en Rose

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Valentine’s à la française

(PARIS) In matters of love and romance the French always know best. So how do they fête Valentine’s Day? Your cheat sheet to a one-of-a-kind celebration!

Tasting chocolates: If you think you know how to taste chocolates, think again! In 1890, Sulpice Debauve of Debauve et Gallais recorded his reflections on how to properly appreciate the house’s cocoa concoctions, which included instructions on the correct way to let chocolate melt in your mouth. Also appreciated by those original tastemakers, the Kings and Queens of France. 30 rue Saints-Pères, 75007, Paris. + 33 1 45 48 54 67

Handmade lingerie from Cadolle Couture: Maison Cadolle has been run by 5 generations of the same family; Poupie Cadolle is the latest member at the head of the venerable house, receiving customers by appointment at their luxurious couture atelier. One fitting is all you need and your measurements will remain on file for a lifetime. Then make your wildest dreams come true by choosing fabrics and details that are unique to you. Handmade bras start at 500 Euros. Chic fashionettes like stylist Camille Bidault Waddington swear by Cadolle. Cadolle Couture, 155 rue St Honoré, 75001, Paris. + 33 1 42 60 94 94

Your scent, your way: Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a fashion favorite, having worked with Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani and created Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Mâle. Kurkdjian also creates custom-made and special order fragrances for private clients, including special order candles, scent-infused leather bracelets, and perfumed bubbles for private events. Couture designer Alexandre Vauthier is currently working on his first fragrance with Kurkdjian. Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5 rue d’Alger, 75001, Paris. + 33 1 42 60 07 07 

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