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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Louis Vuitton has honored the South of Franceâ€™s defacto official sport, PÃ©tanque by creating a limited-edition pÃ©tanque ball set. The Luxury collection was created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sport pÃ©tanque. The set includes a leather-encased set of nine monogrammed balls and a cochonnet, or jack.
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 [...]