Chinese tourists splurge on French tax-free luxury

Chinese tourists to France increased their spending massively on tax-free luxury goods last year despite the economic crisis, overtaking cash-strapped Russians. The Chinese bought tax-free goods worth 158 million euros (222.5 million dollars) in France in 2009. That was an increase of 47 percent from the level the previous year, according to Global Refund, a … Continued

France tops international ranking as best place to live

France is the best place in the world to live, according to a survey released January 5, topping the list for the fifth year in a row. International Living magazine’s 30th Quality of Life Index surveyed almost 200 countries across nine categories, including cost of living, environment, safety and risk and culture and leisure. France … Continued

Christian Lacroix to end clothes designing

Luxury brand Christian Lacroix is to cut most of its staff and close its main clothing design business after a court approved a restructuring plan. The French fashion house will shed 100 staff, leaving just 11 employees to manage its accessories and perfumes. The fashion label has never made a profit and earlier this year … Continued

Haute Chocolate

This week, more than 400 exhibitors are in Paris, France for the 2009 Paris Chocolate Festival. The theme this year is opera. The event kicked off last night with a chocolate fashion show where dresses are created by a combination of top fashion designers and chocolatiers. Walking the runway wearing the chocolate fashions were models, … Continued

Louis Vuitton Petanque Set

Louis Vuitton has honored the South of France’s defacto official sport, Pétanque by creating a limited-edition pétanque ball set. The Luxury collection was created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sport pétanque. The set includes a leather-encased set of nine monogrammed balls and a cochonnet, or jack.

Kenzo’s Field of Poppies

Kenzo – whose symbol is the poppy – keeps innovating following its concept of bringing nature into the urban space. A field of 200,000 poppies will spring up in the middle of the Place du Capitole in Toulouse, France, on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. The LVMH-owned brand has held similarly floral festivities in … Continued

The Most Expensive Potato in The World

Coming in behind saffron, macadamia nuts, beluga caviar, and white truffles, the fifth most expensive food in the world isn’t some exotic fish or endangered tropical fruit: it’s a rare variety of potato. Grown in France, the La Bonnotte potato sometimes achieves a market price of an astounding €500/kilo (US $300/lb). It is cultivated exclusively … Continued

The Deauville Villa Vuitton Store Opening

Louis Vuitton’s mock Tudor store in Deauville, France has gotten a facial lift. Renamed the Villa Vuitton, the 960-square-foot boutique is typical of Normandy architecture and carries accessories and leather goods over two floors. To celebrate the opening Louis Vuitton launched a limited edition Neverfull bag with “Deauville” written in purple on the front with … Continued

Radisson Blu Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel

Located just a short walk from the Trocadero and opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel is Paris’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Conceived by the famous designer Francois Champsaur, the 48-key boutique hotel features ten suites, five with unrestricted Eiffel Tower views. The signature Eiffel Suite is a 430-square-foot one-bedroom suite located … Continued

France’s First W Hotel Will Open in 2011

W Hotels has announced plans to open their very first Paris property by 2011. It will be close to Place Vendome, in the Opera area of the city. W Paris-Opera will feature 90 stylish guest rooms, a world-class contemporary restaurant and destination bar, a state-of-the-art fitness facility with spa treatment rooms, and W Hotels’ signature … Continued

“Le Monde de Vendome” – The refined glitter of the Place Vendome

Place Vendôme is a jewelry case for all the jewels of the world. What is more symbolic to a tourist in search of French expertise than this Parisian square, where high-end jewelry brands intermingle? For travelers, we present Le monde de Vendôme (The World of Vendôme), a documentary film with the “actors” of Place Vendôme, … Continued

L’Officiel’s Diamond Give-Away

The French fashion publication, l’Officiel, has embedded three diamonds each worth 26,000 Euros ($34,000 USD) in three of the magazine’s December issue. The three magazines have been placed in news stands somewhere in France. This may be actually a first in the history of print media !

Résidence Supérieur redefines luxury

This news is meant only for the most affluent of the society. International lifestyle designer Richard Nilsson, the founder of the extreme luxury and lifestyle company Résidence Supérieur, takes the next step in redefining luxury. On December 8th the Black Card were introduced in an effort to redefine luxury and set a new standard for … Continued

Diamond thieves pull off $100 million Paris heist

Police are hunting for thieves behind the biggest jewellery heist ever in France when they made off with diamonds and other valuables worth up to €80 million (102 million dollars) from a luxury boutique in Paris. The three armed robbers burst into the Harry Winston jewellers on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne in the centre of … Continued

The Triangle Will Pierce Paris Skyline

A few months ago, we mentioned potential plans to change the Paris skyline. Now the first project, is moving into more serious planning stages. Indeed, Paris council has unveiled plans for a 50-storey glass pyramid following an official decision in July to break the ban on buildings higher than 37m. Proposals for the Projet Triangle, … Continued

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Gift Set

Here’s a rather elegant and understated alternative to some of the more ostentatious champagne accessories and gift sets we’ve reported on in the past. The Grand Siècle Coffret is designed to showcase Laurent-Perrier’s delectable multi-vintage prestige cuvee, Grand Siècle. The cleverly-constructed black case contains a magnum of the good stuff and six hand-blown Baccarat crystal … Continued

Summers Macarons at Pierre Herme

Recently, I discovered an incredible pastry-shop in Paris, Pierre Hermé, where you can try some interesting flavored macarons, such as caramel with fleur de sel , passion fruit with chocolate or even rose petal cream. (Macarons are French, meringue-like cookies made with almond flour – sometimes called luxembourgers – while Macaroons are cookies made with … Continued

French Luxury Concept Phone

French people are well known for their Luxury taste, and this brand new concept phone is another proof of just that ! MobiFrance has recently partnered up with Sony Ericsson to develop a concept cell called the French Luxury. The FL is designed to commemorate France’s Independence Day (July 14) by bearing a strong resemblance … Continued

Plans For Paris Skyline

One of the world’s most beautiful city skylines could be changed dramatically after a ban on high-rise buildings in Paris was scrapped last week. The Paris city council voted Tuesday to consider erecting tall buildings on the rim of this historically low-rise capital. Plans to build towers of up to 220m at six sites in … Continued

La Leopolda becomes world’s most expensive house at $500 million

The saga of world’s most expensive house started over at luxuo with Updown Court, the most expensive mansion in the world and the100 Million Dollars Trump’s Palm Beach Mansion. As a matter of fact, one of our reader, who left a comment, was right : some villas on the French Riviera might be even more … Continued