Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ines’s Summer Friend

Ines de la Fressange is very well-known in France, a former model and muse of Lagerfeld, chosen in 1989 as “Marianne,” embodiment of the French Republic.  Lagerfeld apparently did not like her Marianne decision, condemning it as “bougeouis, boring and provincial.”  No matter that Bardot and Deneuve were also previously chosen as Marianne.  In any case, she is an icon to French women.

Her new book, Parisian Chic; is $17 on Amazon.  It makes a sweet little gift, or reading for your beach bag, full of Ines’ advice, photos and drawings~


What caught my eye was her recommendation for a straw bag for summer~


Never mind the crocheted raffia bag she is carrying in the photo is Balenciaga and probably $1,500 or so….what else would Ines carry, after all~


In any case, welcome summer~  It is now officially season for white shoes, sandals, and “straw” bags! You can get yours from French Basketeer, of course… this weekend I had my first ever “sale” on select styles and onesie-twosies from the warehouse.  One woman bought 17 pieces.  We are still offering free shipping on all purchases; I will try to get a post up on the discount items, such as St. Remy in seagrass with black handles.


  1. How Exciting Andrea, seventeen pieces, well she has great style and panache, as do you!

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    Art by Karena

  2. Wow I came over from Yvonne's site and what a beautiful post. The items look great but the photography techniques sure caught my eye. I cannot get a photo that close that looks that good. The corn shot in particular is amazing. I am into making hats and purses out of plarn (plastic yard) from re-cycled shopping bags for a charity even. Come by an check them out. I am going out for cherries today.

  3. Andrea I've read this cover to cover and back again. I loved it and actually purchased it for my daughter Emily but I couldn't put it down. So glad you recommend it too.

    x Deb