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SPOTS TO FIND designer INSPIRATION IN PARIS

When a creative director has something special about them, you can often sense the uniqueness simply by looking at the what they’ve created. Rami Mekdachi, Founder and Creator of the Lola James Harper brand is one of those people. With over 20 years experience as a perfumer- he designed the scent for Paris’s iconic Hotel Costes, bespoke colognes for 'the trendiest shop on earth' Colette and worked for LMVH. With so much experience, you’d think he’d be very matter-of-fact about perfume now. Instead, Rami is still deeply romantic when it comes to fragrance- viewing it as a bridge to memories, a line of music or a simple moment. His candles and room sprays are all inspired by creative friendships made while traveling with his family and meeting singers, musicians, coffee roasters, designers along the way. But when he’s at home in Paris, what and where keeps him creatively inspired? Exclusively for The Chosen Club, we asked him to share his favorite places…

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SUNLEE HOWARD

I love walking to the Bon Marché Rive Gauche to buy a vinyl at SUNLEE HOWARD while drinking one of their special coffee blend and enjoying the music on their super Hi-Fi... I leave my house at Batignolles north west of Paris and walk one hour passing by Pont Royal, Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue du Bac ... Just lovely…

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2 THE PALAIS DE TOKYO

THE PALAIS DE TOKYO

I love THE PALAIS DE TOKYO for its exhibitions, special events and happenings hosted in that huge concrete building... Skaters are often outside the building playing too.

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3 DA ROSA

DA ROSA

Having a tea and Pastéis de Nata at Da Rosa 62, Rue de Seine in Saint-Germain and then walking for an hour from there to Place de la Concorde passing by le Pont des Arts, la Cour Carrée du Louvre, the Pyramide du Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries and the amazing place de la Concorde... amazing in the daylight when the sun is on and at dark when all lights twinkles…

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4 VICTOR MASSÉ

VICTOR MASSÉ

Walking down rue Victor Massé in Pigalle to check vintage electric guitares and amps at GUITARE LEGEND shop and amazing drum kits at LA BAGUETTERIE shop... I don't know why watching music instruments is so inspiring... in that area there is at least 30 music shops...

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5 COLETTE

COLETTE

Walking Rue Saint-Honoré and passing by COLETTE to have a ginger/carrot fresh juice at the water bar downstairs then going upstairs to the art gallery or perfume shop or candle shop or gadget shop or whatever!

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6 MAMA SHELTER

MAMA SHELTER

On Friday or Saturday nights having a pizza at the MAMA SHELTER with friends while enjoying a good DJ set.

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7 OPERA GARNIER

OPERA GARNIER

A night at the Opera Garnier watching a ballet and during the entracte going out on the balcony to watch the avenue de l'Opera by night...

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8 GRAND REX

GRAND REX

Go watch an action movie at the GRAND REX in the Opera district ... it is a huge and old fashioned '30s theatre but with an amazing sound and screen.

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9 CAFÉ PINSON

CAFÉ PINSON

And just before or after the movie having a gluten-free food at Café Pinson in Le Marais (I love the coco cake). It's all organic.

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10 LE MARAIS

LE MARAIS

Walking around LE MARAIS, discovering a new coffee blend or origin at Terre de Café (best French roaster) on rue des Blancs Manteaux. Or, just passing by CENTRE DE DANSE DU MARAIS on rue du Temple with a coffee in my hand, patio watching and listening to all dance classes from flamenco to hip hop or classical dance…

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