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Luxe Provence Selected As Coup de Coeur by ToutMa Magazine – March 2017

February 8, 2017
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Hot off the Press…Luxe Provence Selected by ToutMa Magazine as Editor’s Coup de Coeur

We are proud to be featured in the February / March 2017 (Fév / Mars numéro 43) Issue of ToutMa Magazine. ToutMa is local guide and popular “reference” magazine of the region featuring editorials on luxury shopping, weekend escapes, local beauty, culture, events and the local tastemakers of the Marseille and Aix-en-Provence region. Pick up your beautiful copy in Aix-en-Provence’s most luxurious places, such as Espace Caumont or the Le Pigonnet Hotel, or in Marseille’s Terrasses du Port, Mucem and several cool, boutique shops and hotels listed below:

 

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ToutMa est distribué gratuitement à Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis et Arles, vous pourrez le trouver dans :

  • LES LIEUX DE VIE
    (exemples : Terrasses du Port, MuCEM, Fort Saint-Jean, Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille, Les Docks-Village, Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode, Musée Réattu Arles, Espace Caumont Aix…)
  • LES BISTROTS ET RESTOS COOLS 
  • LES BOUTIQUES CHICS 
  • LES BOUTIQUE-HOTELS TENDANCES
    (exemples : Alex Hôtel, Hôtel C2, Le Petit Nice, New-Hôtel, Le Pigonnet, Jules César, Nord-Pinus… ) 
  • LES PALACES CLASSES 
  • LES SPAS SYMPAS 

 

Merci, #ToutMa

 

Designed In Provence, Luxury Gifts

V7: The Camargue Collection

January 30, 2017
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Our V7: Camargue Collection Luxe Provence Box has sold-out in a matter of days!

This Spring, we deliver the wild and natural beauty of the Camargue to your doorstep in our 7th Luxe Provence Box curation. Experience Provence’s  “sauvage” region iconic for its galloping white horses, elegant pink flamingos, salt marshes and untouched beaches. We thought it was the perfect theme to kick off 2017.

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FEATURING A HANDMADE LUXURY EMBROIDERED NECKLACE FROM FRENCH BRAND NAHUA

The shining star of this adventure curation is an ethnic, statement necklace combining ancient embroidery techniques with unique, luxury French design. This stunning handmade jewelry is from upcoming French brand, Nahua, and perfectly represents the unique beauty found in Provence’s Camargue region. Each piece is designed in France featuring silk embroidery done by hand using indigenous traditional methods with a single piece retail value of $145 USD.  Our VIP Annual members will receive their choice between the two models shown, the Damian and Tanya, each of equal value.

SECOND FEATURED LUXE PROVENCE BRAND, BRUN DE VIAN-TIRAN (item value of $160!)

Our next brand featured, is one of the most prestigious and historic brands of Provence, Brun De Vian-Tiran, producers of ethically sourced luxury textiles since 1808. This father and son, family-run business is located in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which has a long history of working with silk and wool. We have selected one of their beautiful pieces that will help you transition into spring in luxury style.

Mohair, Cashmere, Cashgora, Alpaca, Camel, Llama, Yak, Yangir…Brun De Vian-Tiran has made exotic fibers from distant lands its own. But one day, Brun de Vian-Tiran dreamed of traveling in time, back to earlier days and local traditions. After 7 years of research and analyses, and with the help of his wool merchant friend Claude Gutapfel, Pierre Brun identified the first local Provence sheep breeder who had kept the rare merino breed genes intact.

Today, fifteen sheep breeders manage flocks whose wool is certified with the appellation “Mérinos d’Arles Antique”, a fleece which is not just the finest – with a diameter of less than 20 microns – but the softest in Europe. Their 100% Mérinos d’Arles Antique collection, called “Camargue”, has given its true place to this noble wool, part of France’s cultural and historical inheritance and is featured in this curation. Its outstanding fineness is equal to that of Iranian Cashmere. Made in Provence. The surprise item value from Brun De Vian-Tiran inside: $160 USD.

Shipping: by DHL International Priority begins mid-March. This curation is completely, sold-out.

Gastronomy & Wine, Provence Travel

Carriage Rides and Wine Tasting in Provence

December 16, 2016
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Looking for a festive and charming activity for the whole family over the holiday?  What about a carriage ride on a beautiful domaine in the Var? Every Saturday and Wednesday in December the Château Fontainebleau du Var hosts Wine and Gourmet Family Workshops at their stunning vineyards for the whole family to experience. 

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Escape on a historic visit of the domaine and nature by horse and carriage. A great family outing idea and activity to do with visitors and children.

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Try out their Epicurean Advent Tasting menu and experience the Château Fontainebleau’s selection of Provence wines and gourmet pairings for €18 / pers. Plus, kids “ateliers” or workshops are free. Be sure to call and reserve in advance to save a spot.

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Over the holidays, they are offering special pricing for wine purchases as well. Be sure to tell them we sent you!

  • For €100 of wine purchased – receive 2 bottles complimentary
  • For € 250 of wine purchased – receive 6 bottles complimentary

Discover local holiday gift ideas from organic wines, epicurean delights, organic olive oils, fragrances and more.

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We wish you a very wonderful holiday season! 

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More info:

Château Fontainebleau du Var

Route de Montfort sur Argens
Google Maps
83143 Le Val – France
Tél. : 04 94 59 59 09
Fax : 04 94 59 55 70

October to April Hours:
Monday – Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays fro 10am to 7pm.

info@chateaufontainebleau.fr

Luxury Gifts, News & Press

Luxe Provence Box Makes Elite Traveler Ultimate Gift List

December 15, 2016
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Press Just In…Give her the Ultimate Gift This Season

We are very proud that our Luxe Provence Box Subscription has been featured in Elite Traveler – The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, as The Ultimate Gift For Her this season. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and Subscribe her. 

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Merci, #EliteTraveler!

Today is the Last Day for Boutique Shipping for the Holiday

We will closing up boutique in observance of the holiday after a big and exciting year, so we can all spend this special time with our family. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and time off with your loved ones as well.

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V6: Luxe Provence Box is Now Sold-Out – Currently Shipping Around the Globe

Our V6: Celebrating The Good Life Box is completely SOLD-OUT but we have stocked up our boutique with the perfect gifts from Provence, so don’t delay. Shop here before December 15th, 2016 for holiday shipping. (Don’t worry, boutique shipping resumes December 26th for orders placed after December 15th, 2016.)

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 Shop the PerlB Dandy Bag  ($90 / 85 euros) tailored exclusively for Luxe Provence on the boutique. Featured as just one of the items inside our V6 curation.

Gastronomy & Wine, Taste of Provence

Luxe Provence Southern Rhône Wine Guide

November 22, 2016
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Thanksgiving is the American holiday of gratitude and appreciation. It’s a time to honor the abundance of harvest and enjoy traditional foods with family and friends. It’s a nod to lineages and settlers, to those that planted the bounty that is enjoyed on harvest tables around the country.

Though the holiday is distinctly American, the essence of the day reflects values practiced around the globe: gratitude, family and gracious mealtimes. Here in Provence, these values are ancestral and instinctive. The slower pace of fall in Provence welcomes visitors from around the world and in many ways mirrors the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The wines of the Southern Rhône Valley from Chateâuneuf-du-Pape and its neighbors Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Tavel and Gigondas are exceptionally food-friendly. These regions create wine blends (rather than single varietals), producing a merge of flavors and characteristics just right for the Thanksgiving meal which is served in one feast, rather than in courses. Red, white and rosè wines of high-quality and distinct heritage come from this part of France, and offer an exciting slate of aromatics and personalities.

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Here is our Luxe Provence Thanksgiving Wine Guide, with wine recommendations and pairing suggestions.

Domaine Saint Alimant Rasteau 2014

François REY and her family have cultivated vines in Rasteau for generations at Domaine Saint Alimant which is located just north of Orange. In Rasteau, south-facing vineyards mean protection from the Mistral winds and diverse soils elicit richness. This wine is 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah with a blackfruit and earthy nose. Substantial tannins balanced by fruit make this a paring for lamb, cheese and Provençal cuisine; think Herbs de Provence seasonings on the Thanksgiving turkey or stuffing.

MonTirius Vacqueyras Minéral 2008

MonTirius owners Christine and Eric SAUREL and their daughter Manon create all of their wines biodynamically and are exceptionally respectful of their vineyards, soil and environment. They also produce beautiful wines with a fresh vibrancy. A white wine from Vacqueyras is extraordinary (95% of production is red) and this White Grenache, Roussanne and Bourboulenc blend is very enticing. This wine ages well and compliments roasted vegetable and potato dishes. An excellent partner for roasted turkey or chicken.

Domaine Grand Veneur “Les Origines” Chateâuneuf-du-Pape 2014

Domaine Grand Veneur comes from the Alain Jaume family, a landmark producer in the southern Rhône Valley. Expect high-quality and great taste from the Jaume portfolio. Inspired by food and family, their tasting room in Orange offers the opportunity to enjoy a Provençal meal paired with a selected scope of their wines. “Les Origines” is a medium-to-full -bodied wine that offers the slightest touch of sweetness along with the blackfruit and herbal tones. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre come together in this wine and would pair very well with spiced turkey, a sausage stuffing or even a dark-chocolate dessert.

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Château d’Aqueria Tavel 2015

Tavel wines come in one color: rosé. Deeper in tone than the paler Côtes de Provence wines, Tavel delivers more fullness, more fruit richness and the ability to age. Château d’Aqueria is a beautiful estate situated around an ancient château, which is an unexpected treasure in the Rhône Valley. The Oivier family has guided the estate for three generations, and they produce high-quality wine of great acclaim. This bottle has white fruit characteristics and a long finish. The freshness of this wine makes it perfect to welcome holiday guests as the meal finishes off in the oven. It also has the depth to pair with the feast, substantial enough for nearly all harvest foods.

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Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2012

Old vine Grenache and Syrah grown at an altitude of 400 meters gather freshness and complexity for this stunning wine. The Pierre Amandieu team hand-selects the grapes that go into this bottle to deliver exceptional quality. Complex aromatics of fig and blackberry show intensity, and pepper-spice flavors elicit a bit of herbal manliness. This is wine for a sparkling decanter, a chance to serve the best to your treasured Thanksgiving guests. This wine is drinking now, but can be held for a decade, so get a bottle for the meal and a bottle for the cellar. Rich sausage stuffing and mushroom side dishes will partner well with this wine, but the nature of the Grenache offers flexibility for the full feast.

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All of these wines are available for under $50 (some significantly under) and are available online for US delivery. For visitors and expats in Provence, most offer cellar door tasting and sales. As well as being affordable and accessible, each wine is made by local families and exhibits exceptional quality.

Luxe Provence has curated this list to illustrate the best for your family from southern Rhône winemaking families.

 

Guest Post written by:

Jill Barth, author of the l’Occasion – A Reason for Wine
Wine Blogger & Provence Wine Master Candidate

Gastronomy & Wine, Provence Travel, Taste of Provence

Auberge La Fenière – The Tastes of Provence

October 18, 2016
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I recently attended a fabulous gastronomic event at Auberge La Fenière in Cadenet, just near the picturesque Provence village of Lourmarin. It was a fabulous day, well organized and inspired me to share their great local recipe for Boullabaisse. Timed just perfectly for our Luxe Provence Box clients who just received organic saffron in their Autumn curation.

Surrounded by gardens and vineyards, this family-run auberge, in a stone farmhouse and its outbuildings, is 1.8 km from Lourmarin village and 10.4 km from the former Cistercian monastery of Abbaye de Silvacane. A great central spot to stay to explore the villages of the Luberon.

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The restaurant is run by the well-regarded culinary family, the Sammuts. The mother-daughter chef duo begins with Reine Sammut, a distinguished Michelin star “toque” working meticulously for over forty years in Provence. Together with her daugher, Nadia Sammut, they have opened the first gourmet 100% gluten-free restaurant in France. “It took us a year of work to transform the recipes developed for years by my mother. But since the month of February, we went to a kitchen completely free of gluten”,  says Nadia Sammut. For Nadia as a young woman, a switch to a diet without gluten or lactose was not merely a trend following choice, but rather an ordeal. “Thirty-five years ago, doctors did not know celiac disease which is an intolerance to gluten”, she says. Its growth is delayed. At 29, she was hospitalized and “doctors told me I destroyed my immune system, I was at the peak of the disease”. Nadia was bedridden for two years before discovering the cause of her disease was gluten.

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The talented mother and daugher duo have now teamed up to create one an innovative gluten-free restaurant at the Auberge featuring produce from the property’s organic garden. The family, along with papa’s lead, works to source the highest quality local ingredients from top producers, from fresh sustainable fish to high-quality, organic meats. The Auberge also offers gluten-free gourmet cooking classes in it’s gorgeous on-site kitchen for both adults and children. My 7-year old adored his class during the festival and created some truly delicious gluten-free sweet and savory cookies, salads and more, all in just over an hour.

During the Gastronomy Festival, the Auberge brought in a number of local producers that they routinely work with whom also offered up a variety of accessibly priced lunch plates for visitors during the day. That evening, Reine Sammut hosted a fabulous 4-course dinner gala at her prestigious restaurant to culminate a beautiful culinary day in Provence. I am pleased to share this Bouillabaisse Recipe from Martigues, that was published that day.Bouillabaisse is a quintessential and classic Marseille dish and we are featuring this recipe featured at the Auberge with a spin on higher-grade seafood. Luxe Provence Box clients can put your new saffron to work!

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First, up, what on earth did this name come from? A bit of history to start:
Quand ca bout, baisse le feu = when it boils, turn down the heat… ou bouille et baisse.

Bouillabaisse was originally a stew made by Marseille fishermen of Provence using the bony rockfish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets. There are at least three kinds of fish in a traditional bouillabaisse: typically red rascasse (Scorpaena scrofa); sea robin (fr:grondin); and European conger (fr: congre).

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It can also include gilt-head bream (fr: dorade); turbot; monkfish (fr: lotte or baudroie); mullet; or European hake (fr: merlan). It usually also includes shellfish and other seafood such as sea urchins (fr: oursins), mussels (fr: moules);velvet crabs (fr: étrilles); spider crab (fr: araignées de mer) or octopus. More expensive versions may add langoustine (European lobster), though this was not part of the traditional dish made by Marseille fishermen. Vegetables such as leeks, onions, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes are simmered together with the broth and served with the fish. The broth is traditionally served with a rouille, a mayonnaise made of olive oil, garlic, saffron, and cayenne pepper on grilled slices of bread.

What makes a bouillabaisse different from other fish soups is the selection of Provençal herbs and spices in the broth; namely the saffron. Also, the use of bony local Mediterranean fish, the way the fish are added one at a time, and brought to a boil; and the method of serving. In Marseille, the broth is served first in a soup plate with slices of bread and rouille, then the fish is served separately on a large platter or, more simply, as Julia Child suggests, the fish and broth are brought to the table separately and served together in large soup plates. [Source: Wikipedia]

Without further ado, here’s the recipe, courtesy of La Fenere who featured a version featuring more noble local fish from the Martique area.

La Recette de la Bouillabaisse
Be sure to ask your local fishmonger to scale and clean all fish for you. You may aso

For 4 People:

  • 4 rascasses (scorpion fish, or local option)
  • 4 vives
  • 4 rougets
  • 1 monkfish tail or 4 pieces
  • 1 Saint-Pierre
  • 4 pieces of flelas
  • 4 white potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bouquet of parsley, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes
  • saffron
  • salt, pepper, olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • 1 kilo or 2.2 lbs of rockfish
  • 2 onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4 tomatoes
  • fennel, parsley, laurier bay leaf
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and saffron
  • olive oil

Instructions for the Fish Marinade:

  • Peel and chop the onions and garlic
  • Peel and crush tomatoes and remove skins (or opt for a canned option here)
  • Add: Salt, pepper, olive oil, chopped parsley and saffron
  • Place the fish in a large platter or pan and pour marinade on top.

While the fish marinates, prepare the soup:

  • Rinse/clean the rockfish
  • Peel and chop onions, garlic
  • Peel and crush tomatoes, remove skins
  • Chop and mix together olive oil, onions and garlic
  • Let rest for 15 minutes then add rockfish, herbs and following with tomatoes and 3 liters of water.
  • Let cook for 1 hour

Serve this traditional and delicious fish stew in a large shallow bowl with croutons, or small well-toasted bread brushed with olive oil and topped with rouille. This thick garlicky bread sauce adds key Mediterranean flavor.

 

More info:

Auberge La Fenière
Address: Route de Lourmarin, 84160 Cadenet
 
Artisans of Provence, Designed In Provence

Provence Artisan Spotlight: Atelier Simone Indigo

October 4, 2016
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Each season, I will be shining the light on a talented artisan of Provence here on the blog. As we move into our second year with our Luxe Provence Box curations, my goal is to create exclusive collaborations with these talented artisans, designers and niche luxury brands of the region. We are proud to present, this Autumn’s featured artisan, Atelier Simone.

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Laetitia Costechareyre is the talented and passionate indigo expert behind, Atelier Simone. I met Laetitia earlier this year and quickly knew her talent, passion and genuine warmth was a perfect recipe for a Luxe Provence design collaboration. I am thrilled to present her work in this season’s V5: Escape to the Calanques Luxe Provence Box curation, inspired by …and ultimately created by nature.

laetitia-costechareyreLaetitia started her career in the world of fashion for Hermès and Agnes B, before deciding to forge her own path. Laetitia immersed herself in the traditional art of indigo tinting and hand-dying methods through an apprenticeship with Michel Garcia, in the Vaucluse region of Provence, where she also received her organic dye. She brings a curious,  beautiful creative spirit and experienced luxury eye to her work. Laetitia has recently been featured in Côté Sud Magazine and her work can be found throughout the finest home interior shops in Aix (as mentioned here) and now on our boutique.

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Laetitia is known for her hand-dying techniques turning vintage fabrics into stunning recycled blue masterpieces, giving them new life via her beautiful indigo cuve (pictured above). She tints high-quality silks, linen and cotton, along with ancient French fabrics that she finds at antique markets and brocantes in the area.

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Laetitia monitors, feeds and nourishes her indigo daily. Depending on the project, she adapts the color depth and hue ever so slightly, by heating and feeding her living breathing basin with organic ingredients, such as honey. She attains patterns and one-of-a-kind designs by delicately folding and line drying her creations in the Provence sun in her picturesque urban garden, just off the busy center ville of Aix.

hand-dyed-indigoHer 100% natural process involves washing the fabrics, new or vintage, with a biodegradable, natural detergent and then performing multiple dips by hand working with the tightly tied fabrics to achieve her desired effects. A dramatic disparity from how a large percentage of indigo dyed fabrics are produced today – several thousand tons each year actually.  The “industrial” method is highly synthetic and toxic and associated with the destruction of pollution of the land and rivers, particularly prevalent in the blue jean industry in China. Not here, Laetitia works solely with organic plant-based dyes and most recently began to incorporate new colors via cashew in order to complete our “earth” color palette for this season’s collaboration.

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Laetitia is a kind and beautiful soul. Each of her artistic pieces, from beautiful crocheted centerpieces to curtains and pillowcases, reflect her spirit and passion. Laetitia and I dreamt up this special collection designed exclusively for Luxe Provence on 100% French silk that is shipping now inside our V5: Luxe Provence Box and coming soon to our boutique.

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Inspired by the calanques, Atelier Simone has created an exclusive collection featuring “les nuages” and “ciel” patterns, along with a “sea” and “terre” series, reflective of the beauty of Provence translated to silk.

I am thrilled with the results of our collaboration together.  It was such a pleasure to discover the beauty of Atelier Simone’s work and to share the founder’s passion and dedication in creating handmade, luxury-quality artisanal pieces. Be sure to discover the creations for yourself via our boutique.

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Our Calanques French Silk Carré, by popular demand, is coming to the boutique soon (sorry, our V5: Luxe Provence Box is now sold-out). Be sure to reserve your limited-edition before they’re gone. (Photograph by: Thomas Kendall featuring model: Renata Negroni)

Shop our Luxe Provence Lifestyle Collection now

 

Learn more about: Atelier Simone

 

Blog post and photographs by:
Founder and Creative Director, Tarik Koivisto

 

Luxe Provence Hotels, Provence Travel

36-Hours In Aix-en-Provence by Luxe Provence

September 14, 2016
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I am always on the lookout for up-and-coming Provence artisans, talented designers and the authentic luxuries of the region. Therefore, I thought I’d share some of my treasures found during my research, curating and scouting missions in the Luxe Provence Guide to 36-Hours in Aix-en-Provence. Discover my favorite addresses, activities, where to shop and where to stay in this romantic city of fountains. I am proud to have met so many talented designers, collaborators, artisans and business owners in this beautiful city through my work.  And to make this even sweeter, several of the boutique owners just returned from Maison&Objet in Paris (where I also enjoyed some design and product trend researching..), so expect fresh new arrivals in-store now! So, voila..off we go.

Where to Shop – The Best Addresses in Aix
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Mes Demoiseilles

Ethereal, boheme, romantic and lovely. The Paris-based brand Mes Demoiselles opened up in Aix two years ago and has quickly become a hot spot for flowy French embellished dresses, effortless chic combinations and romantic statement pieces. It’s impossible to not find something you will love and they have a variety of cuts that suit many body types. I am particularly loving their new Fall and Winter collection in-stores now.

12 Rue Marius Reynaud
13100 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 29 67 46

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L’Oiseau Bleu

This quirky, sophisticated boutique run by local, Magali Ortolani, offers a unique range of women’s prêtà-porter brands, stylish accessories and bijoux from both local and international designers. I just scored the most beautiful 100% silk dress shown in this Aix street style series by talented Scandinavian designer, along with the handcrafted necklace (above right) by Nahau.

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Magali’s curation criteria is 100% “coup de couer” and I love escaping into her whimsical treasure trove. Her boutique collection incorporates fantasy, luxury and found antique pieces, presented alongside her cool, mannequin animal mascots which bring freshness and originality to the experience. Inside scoop: look for more interior and home décor from Magali to come following the success of her stand at this year’s Côté Sud show this past summer in Aix. Her ultra soft leather handbags in-store now are simply divine and come in a variety of pastel shades. If you are looking for something beautiful and original, from statement outfit to accessories, you won’t be disappointed.

19 Rue Granet
13100 Aix-en-Provence

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Sessun

Started by local designer Emma François in Marseille, this boutique is a must-visit. “There are many things, some of them insignificant and some essential, which dictate Emma François’ inspiration – it could be a range of colours, a story, a film or a record sleeve. This is how a Sessùn collection comes together, out of almost nothing.” I love Sessun’s range of modern, romantic and more edgy pieces. Also find, a beautiful range of locally produced leather accessories each season. This local Provence brand has now expanded to more than 800 stores worldwide. Not bad for a passionate girl from the South.

10 Rue Courteissade
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Phone: 09 61 25 24 17

des petits hauts style guide luxe provenceDes Petits Hauts

Started by two French sisters, Des Petits Hauts started with a mission to incorporate luxurious fabrics “les jolie matieres” into comfortable, chic fashion. Their Aix boutique is filled with touchable, wearable cashmere, silks and high quality cotton pieces, along with beautiful deco-inspired jewelry. This boutique is a favorite of one of my best French girlfriends. The haute de gamme fabrics are sourced in Greece and clothing is designed in France. Find soft knit cashmere knit sweaters, lovely silk blouses and beautifully tailored trousers. They have just launched their own romantic fine paper line of products as well.

8 Rue Marius Reynaud
13100 Aix-en-Provence
01 75 44 05 99

 

Pour La Maison – My Favorite Boutiques

Rue Paul Bert has become the “it” destination in my opinion in Aix-en-Provence to shop for beautiful French interior pieces, ethnic décor, vintage finds and the latest from talented local artisans. Here’s a few of our top home boutique selections on where to shop, whether for your Provencal bastide, or to simply inject a little French chic into your interior.

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IV Home

IV Home is my personal favorite home décor and interiors boutique in Aix-en-Provence. Created in 2010 by interior architect, Céline Mansencal, the shop opened at the end of April 2016 on rue Paul Bert, of course.

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Discover two floors of over 200 square meters of beautifully curated home accessories, quality linens, ethnic rugs and modern lighting. They carry the gorgeous textile brand, Caravane, in Aix exclusively. Plus, find French brands such as Astier de Villatte, Genevieve Levy and local budding artisans such as Atelier Simone, by Laetitia Costechareyre.

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Laetitia’s natural line of 100% plant hand-dyed indigo fabrics include gorgeous upcycled creations of: napkins, pillows and throws. We are very excited to be working on a special exclusive design collaboration with Atelier Simone for our Luxe Provence Box that we will be delivering to clients in a few short weeks within our Escape to the Calanques curation. More about this fabulous project and story behind the collaboration coming to the blog later this week! So stay tuned…in the meantime, head over to IV Home and be delighted.

19 Rue Paul Bert
13100 Aix-en-Provence

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Cink

Just across the street you have another wonderful home interiors boutique with a more ethnic chic flair. After 15 years in the world of fashion as a stylist, owner Karine Vaudaux channeled her eye for design into the world of interiors with Cink.  Karine’s inspiration comes from a mix of Moroccan patterns and materials sourced from Marakkech to Essaouira, mixed together with French patterns and colorful pieces from local designers. Karine exclusively represents one of my favorite local ceramicists, Emmanuelle Wiramus and her brand ENW Céramique, working in her Aix-en-Provence atelier since 2009. I love Emmanuelle’s delicate pastel pieces (featured above) and found at Cink.

2 rue Paul Bert
13100 Aix-En-Provence
Tél : 04.42.23.24.77
www.cinkhome.com

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This concept store and vintage boutique opened spring in 2014 by owners Aurelie and Christine. Discover sweet home deco objects, vintage pieces, prints and furniture, along with adorable items for children’s rooms. I am smitten with these carreaux de ciment patterned pots that are sure to add some Provencal chic to your home or garden (shown above).

20 rue Paul Bert
13100 Aix en Provence
09 81 35 98 48

What To Do – La Vie Aixoise

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Hotel Gallifet

After a day of shopping, the Hôtel de Gallifet, is the perfect place to unwind and experience the real Aixoise lifestyle like a local. Hotel de Gallifet is actually not a hotel at all.  This stunning 18th century manor house also ideally situated in the Mazarin district, opened to the public in 2010. Run and curated by Nicolas Mazet the hotel serves as a cultural, emerging art, design and events venue.  This cultural center infuses its historic space with modern art exhibitions, creative ateliers for children, design events and their popular Arty Jazz evenings, twice per month during May through September. The stunning lovely outdoor garden makes the perfect, relaxed Aixoise setting for an evening out with friends or family during the warmer months. The exquisite tree-lined garden is just off the Cours Mirabeau. As an added bonus, you can also dine sur place as of this summer with the addition of their own private chef for special evenings. Or pop over to Monsieur Chou next door and sample his changing menu of delicious delicacies. Loïc Derbay, a.k.a. Monsieur Chou, creates puff pastries both sweet and savory in his sweet little boutique on the hotel property. And be sure not to miss the Gallifet’s last Arty Jazz event of the season! It is this Thursday, September 15th so be sure to check their website to book ahead.

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Caumont Centre d’Art

Experience the newest and most relevant Aixoise cultural institution, tea room, café and art museum, all in one. This 18th century mansoir built just off of the Cours Mirabeau, houses the newly redesigned Hôtel de Caumont, the work of Parisian architect Robert de Cotte, built under the supervision of Georges Vallon. The mansion and stunning gardens have been lovingly restored to house a museum and precious interior courtyard café. Pair a trip to the museum with an afternoon tea, evening cocktail or gorgeous lunch in the stunning French garden courtyard restaurant which serves fresh, plates, salads and desserts. They also host jazz evenings and evening museum visits, so be sure to check their calendar of events.

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The Caumont Centre d’Art museum hosts changing exhibits and permanent features on Cezanne, including a great 20-minute film within it’s cinema room, also available for rent for private events. A new exhibit opens up in a few short weeks, featuring a photo exposé of the American Icon, Marilyn Monroe.

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The exhibit features sixty photographs, mostly on loan from private collectors, as well as numerous multimedia materials. “Marilyn: I Want to Be Loved By You” tells the story of the unique relationship that she had with photographers that would play a vital role in the construction of her legendary image.  Learn more about the Art Center and Culturespace, the foundation behind this project from an earlier blog post.

Where to Stay: 36-Hours in Aix-en-Provence

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And finally, where to rest your weary stilettos after pounding the cobblestone windy streets of Aix all day? The choice is clear for us. In the seventeenth century, the city of Aix-en-Provence experienced a large increase in its population. Archbishop Michel Mazarin, brother of the famous cardinal, oversaw the expansion of the city with the creation of the Mazarin quarter, laid out in a chequerboard pattern with the Place des Quatre-Dauphins at its heart. A veritable ‘luxury district’ boasting some magnificent architecture, and home to members of parliament and the wealthy upper classes, the district would become the stage of various ambitions—religious, political and private. (Source Caumont Centre d’Art).

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Maison d’Aix: Hotel Particulier et Spa – 1765

We featured this boutique jewel box hotel and spa in the center of Aix last year. This award-winning luxury boutique hotel is located in this historically rich Mazarin Quarter. Architects Laura Juhen and Louis Mariott have lovingly renovated this discrete, boutique hôtel and spa conveniently located in the very heart of Aix-en-Provence. We love its quaintness and understated luxury, along with its combination of classic architecture paired with modern convenience, tied together with a fabulous story.

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The design story and direction incorporates its previous owner, Mademoiselle Henriette Reboul, renowned as an antique collector and a love “priestess”, who lived lavishly in this private mansion dating from 1789 in 1903. She reputedly had numerous celebrity friends, lovers and mistresses, who all took abode in this magnificent residence.

Following three years of careful renovations, the elusive Henriette Reboul’s spirit and sensual touch has been perfectly memorialized offering a playful dance between escapism and upscale sophistication. Laura infuses her own whimsical nature and attention to detail into each luxuriously executed vignette. This escape of calm and discretion harbors just four delightful rooms and jewel of a spa. Be sure to tell her we sent you…

Maison d’Aix 
25 Rue du 4 Septembre, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
reservations@lamaisondaix.com
www.lamaisondaix.com
+33 (0)4 42 53 78 95

 

Written by Tarik Koivisto, Founder and Chief Creative Director of Luxe Provence. Street photography of Aix-en-Provence and boutiques by Tarik Koivisto and Melanie Jacquier. Images of Hotel Caumont courtesy of the Caumont Centre d’Art. Celebrating the Good Life image with Luxe Provence partners by Denis Dalmasso at the Caumont Centre. Sessun collection images courtesy of the Sessun.

Designed In Provence, Luxury Gifts

Experience the Calanques in our Autumn Box

August 12, 2016
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This October, we deliver a seaside escape in the Calanques of Provence delivered to your doorstep with our V5: Autumn Luxe Provence Box. Experience the beauty of the region represented by one-of-a kind hand dyed artisanal silks created exclusively for Luxe Provence, along with seaside inspired luxuries and Mediterranean fragrances for your home.

Our featured Provence artisan’s creations have been featured in the prestigious Côté Sud Magazine and we are pleased to be doing a custom designed product with her. Full details will be announced shortly, along with other exciting participating Luxe Provence brands. Worldwide shipping begins early October 2016.

RESERVE YOURS NOW, quantities are limited as each silk piece is uniquely created for Luxe Provence.

 

Our Mission Each Season

Each season’s Luxe Provence Box contains a carefully curated selection of high-quality, full-size products made in France. Our mission is to include hard-to-find, unique luxury French products, along with exclusive design collaborations, new brand releases and artisanal items made in Provence each season.

 

View Past Parcels

While we cannot share all of the details in this parcel to maintain the element of surprise, here’s a look at our past parcels:

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Out Celebrating The Good Life…Uzès

August 11, 2016
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Just 25km northwest of Nimes (another stunning place to visit for Roman culture, more on that later…) through blossoming sunflower fields and vines is the quaint little ville of Uzès. The town comes to life with its colorful markets twice a week, and offers lovely shopping and a tad more authenticity than some of the other better known market cities in Provence. There are lovely plazas and quaint pedestrian rues dotted with outdoor restaurants, charming boutiques, epiceries, and cafes to keep you adequately busy exploring for an afternoon.
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The Wednesday morning market in Uzès offers many stands of local artisanal products “terroirs” and regional specialities. The Saturday morning market is filled with gorgeous fruits, vegetables, flowers and department store like items. Both to be enjoyed and a must-see.

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Just roughly 30 minutes away, you cool off at the feet of one of the most preserved roman architectural marvels in the region at The Pont du Gard. The site’s river bank beaches will be set up on the Gardon’s right bank, 200 metres from the Pont du Gard itself making this a stunning picnic spot or afternoon escape from the heat.

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On select evenings, the park stays open late so, visitors can witness fireworks or summer concerts and festivals within the park’s stunning setting overlooking the famous aqueduct. A true and successful marriage of preservation of a UNESCO monument and its site, and modern use and appreciation.

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Be sure to enjoy a summer market day in Uzès and explore around the Gard.