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Unique gifts to discover in Paris

Hailed as a city of romance, Paris is the place to discover special items for those you love the most. From homeware to fragrance, here’s our guide to finding gifts with a difference

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian
In February 2017, Maison Francis Kurkdjian launched a new fragrance. Aqua Celestia – the name refers to where the sky meets the sea – joins the existing Aqua Universalis and Aqua Vitae to form an olfactory trio. Musky, floral and citrusy, the scent combines the aromas of blackcurrant from Burgundy, lime from Mexico, cool mint from England and mimosa from Provence with an underlying soupçon of musk. Aqua Celestia is available as an eau de toilette, a body cream and a shower gel.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 7 rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004 Paris, +33 (0)1 4271 7676

Luxury glassware manufacturer Lalique and Zaha Hadid first collaborated in 2014; the Fontana bowl, designed by the late architect, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, is the most recent addition to the collection. Drawing on the expertise of both glassmaker and architect, the bowl (€9,500) is beautifully crafted in Lalique crystal; its curves and ripples convey the motion of water, echoing the lines of many of Hadid’s buildings. Available in plain crystal, black and midnight blue, its satin finish makes it both contemporary and timeless.

Lalique, 11 rue Royale, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5305 1281

Maison F
Maison F, founded in 2011, produces luxury ties meticulously made by hand in the brand’s Paris atelier. Until recently, the house concentrated on articles for men, but has now introduced its first collection for women. The range encompasses ties, such as the pictured Croatian style (€90), bow ties, brooches and sautoirs (a combination of cravat and necklace) made from high-quality fabrics including satins, twills, jacquards and basketweave silks. While founder François-Regis Laporte cites influences from the 1600s, his brand sits perfectly in the 21st century. Maison F’s latest collection playfully reinvents accessories from the men’s wardrobe to create supremely elegant versions for women.

Maison F, 42 rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)9 5298 0465

Robert Clergerie
Contemporary womenswear label Saloni and footwear specialist Robert Clergerie have collaborated on a small collection for spring/summer 2017. Featuring vivid colours and patterns, the different rafia styles – such as the pictured brogues (€395) – draw on designer Saloni Lodha’s Indian background, giving a new twist to the French heritage brand’s signature aesthetic. Known for its strong shapes and architectural designs, Robert Clergerie can trace its origins to 1895. More than 120 years later, the label continues to reinvent classic styles under the vision of creative director Roland Mouret.

Robert Clergerie, 5 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4548 7547



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