Gildas Loaëc is an entrepreneur who moved to Paris to open a record shop and ended up as the art director and manager of the hugely successful Daft Punk.
He is also one half of the unexpected yet brilliant partnership behind Parisian record label and fashion house Kitsuné – along with architect-turned-fashion designer Masaya Kuroki – which has, over the past 10 years or so, developed a reputation second to none.
SHOP’s Ximena Daneri tracked down Loaëc to discover his recommendations for the city he calls home.
I was born in Brittany – I’m a seaside boy. I was very lucky. It was great to spend all my childhood in the water. I’m now living in Paris, and the best thing about it is that I can walk absolutely everywhere. Paris is small and everything is very close by, so walking is the best way to get around the city.
For shopping, my favourite city is Tokyo … the choice there is unlimited. For inspiration, Japan is my favourite destination.
My favourite restaurants in the city are Noglu for simple Japanese food and Abri: they do a great tonkatsu [breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet] sandwich. I also admire the rock spirit of chef Inaki Aizpitarte at Le Chateaubriand.
I like the Kooka Boora café very much – they make very good coffee and it’s only two metres from my place.
When out-of-town friends visit, there is a very, very old-school French restaurant called Le Rubis, which serves traditional French dishes such as choux farci [stuffed cabbage] and andouillette [a kind of coarse-grained sausage]. For a special occasion, I book a table on the first floor at Brasserie Lipp.
My favourite walk in the city is from Montmartre to the Palais Royal gardens. For the best view in Paris, head to the top of Montmartre; it’s nice to take the funicular. The Eiffel Tower is, in my opinion, the best landmark in Paris. As for the best museum, it has to be the Musée D’Orsay.
It’s not exactly a secret, but Nüba club has just opened on the roof of Cité de la Mode et du Design – it’s my latest discovery.