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Authored and photographed by Pia, Paris: Made by hand is a book for lovers of all things handmade, chic and of course Paris! In this dreamy book Pia takes you off the tourist streets of Paris in search of inspirational artisans, secret studio boutiques and unique treasures. Filled with creative inspiration page after page, expect to see Paris in a different light. What an wonderful way to experience a city! I’m so in love with the idea of holidays that introduce the creative talent of a place. Books like this would be a fantastic guide.
An excerpt from the book.
From the Introduction:
As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring— which is why I adore all things handmade. And Paris just happens to be a rather wonderful place to find the things I adore…Paris: Made by Hand is an insider’s look at the city’s artisans, createurs, and crafts boutiques. You’ll discover some ateliers that have been around for hundreds of years (many of which are tucked into the oldest of passages or hidden courtyards), and others that have just surfaced. Between the pages of this guide you can expect to find papermakers, shoemakers, jewelry designers, milliners, umbrella makers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: all of them from my private little black book, and all of them right in the heart of the city. Among them you’ll discover an exquisite, century-old haberdashery that I go to when I need ribbon and silk from a bygone era, and a boutique, in the hub of Le Marais, that is the place for finding new handcrafted designer housewares.
Read more about the Paris: Made by Hand here.
Pia lives the most amazing life. She is an Australian stylist and photographer specializing in still life, food, interiors, and lifestyle imagery. She lives in Paris and on a houseboat in Amsterdam, and works internationally for magazines and advertising agencies. Just flipping through her portfolio makes me drool. I cant wait to get my hands on a copy. You can order your copy here. Paris: Made by Hand is a MUST HAVE so if you cannot find a distributor in your area, let me know and I will arrange to have a copy sent to you.
NOTE TO SELF: Must not forget to pack Paris:Made by Hand on my next trip to Paris.