Finding & sharing shops, designers, art and fashion. Based in Paris. I'd love to hear from you. / @hanaryan

Anyone who knows me well knows there’s not much I get more excited about than talking (and playing) basketball. For a woman in her twenties who works in fashion, this is a little strange, but in Paris I feel right at home in terms of a basketball x fashion connection. The city recently celebrated 30 years of the Jordan brand with three-on-three tournaments, court inaugurations and an exposition at the Palais de Tokyo that attracted thousands of people.

One of my favorite pioneers of basketball apparel (who happens to be French) is Pigalle Ashpool, the brand and brainchild of Stephane Ashpool. Pigalle recently collaborated with Nike Lab and behold the perfect collection (and city court):

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Photos courtesy of Dazed Magazine and photographer Virginia Arcaro.

– Hana Ryan

Louise Damas is another French designer that I fell in love with first via Instagram from the other side of the pond while I was living in Seattle. Paris has a traditionally minimalist jewelry scene and Louise caught my attention for the exact opposite. The jewelry designer creates bold yet elegant jewelry with clusters of gems and sharp stones against sleek metals. The colors combinations are distinct and neither feminine nor masculine, just pleasing.


I caught up with the designer here in Paris as she launches a new chapter in her life and business. After doing a popup with fellow Paris designer Claire of Fauvette, a leather bag and sac line, the two noticed how well their products did together. 

We noticed that people would often buy my jewelry and Claire’s bags together. It was a perfect pairing. – Louise

What ensued, is the creation and opening of Atelier Couronnes, a concept boutique featuring Louise’s jewelry, Claire’s bags and a careful selection of other Parisian designers for home, bath, and body. Located right off of Republique on Rue du Chateau d’Eau, the boutique is part of a new design retail movement on a tiny, bustling street. Just down the blog is La Tresorerie and Cafe Smorgas.

blogeditateliercouronnes3Just three weeks old, Atelier Couronnes sits unassumingly in the middle of it all and the designers explained to me how they basically re-did their beautiful space from scratch – tearing up the floors, restoring the original molding hidden behind huge blocks of concrete (why would you cover up something like this!?), laying tile and busting out the back wall for a window and door to the gorgeous interior courtyard. They also built out a workshop just adjacent, so customers can have designs altered, custom-made, and more right there in the shop.

Enter the atelier and a world of calm and creation. Then, get involved with the details. The bags and jewelry in tandem are really incredible. Each corner of the store is a beautiful jewel-colored vignette of leather and stones. For more detail shots in digital head over here.

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blogeditlouise address – Hana Ryan (@hanaryan)

Marcela Gutierrez is the brilliant water color artist adopting iconic fashion images and creating other-worldly paintings. The photos of her hands against the paintings, or “works in progress” really have us blown away. There’s a little bit of mind-bending in a moment being captured on film and then brought back to life by hand – the same figure but changed. Especially given that Marcela’s work seems to leap out of the page eyes first. It’s both fantasy and hyper-real.

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Also… these DIANA VREELAND images! Marcela created them to pay homage to the iconic fashion editor (in both watercolor and oil) and added her own touches to blur the lines between real and imagined life.Marcela-Gutierrez-Diana-Vreeland-Almost-invented-revlon Marcela-Gutierrez-Diana-Vreeland-Im-coming-for-the-Zebras Marcela-Gutierrez-Diana-Vreeland-Jacks-plump-and-pink

Hana Ryan

Gerard Gourdon of Mimilamour jewelry was one of Craft & Culture’s very first fans – the early adopter, as they say. From the time I began posting independent designers and finds on Facebook, some 4 years ago, there was Gerard liking and sharing what we did. This outpost friend and follower in France even took a copy of our first Ledger Magazine to an Earth, Wind and Fire concert in Paris and sent a video to show me C&C in Paris.

Well, fast forward some years, a wonderful online collaboration between us and Voila! C&C really is in Paris, at least in part, and I’m running around on Gerard’s home turf. Mimilamour has journeyed from a fledgling, innovative jewelry line to a full-scale boutique and international player.

In a very special moment, Gerard gave me a private tour of his brand new boutique on a brilliant little street in the 10th arrondissement right off Goncourt. Over Cambodian food down the street, we talked French artisans, statement jewelry and striking a balance. After lunch I snapped some photos in the shop.

mimilamourboutiqueWhat came next? I discovered Gerard’s newest (and amazingly cool) Collection Mimi by Mimilamour. This line encompasses everything Gerard loves: whimsy, one-offs, small editions, affordable design and having fun. The pieces are available exclusively in Boutique Mimilamour and will be celebrated Thursday, June 18 at one of the very loveliest Parisienne designer boutiques, Sept Cinq. Info on the event here.

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Visit Gerard in person and shop Mimi and the rest of his beautiful creations at Boutique Mimilamour / 30, rue Jacques Louvel-Tessier 75010 Paris.


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