WHEN it comes to doing Paris in style, Shira Suveyke has to be one of the best people to consult. After all, she is the executive vice president and chief merchant at THE OUTNET. Which means, not only does she travel — a lot — to our favourite city 😍, she must also, by now, have more than a few cool, well-kept secret Parisian spots tucked up her Isabel Marant-sleeves. So what do we do for your sake? We politely ask Ms Suveyke to roll up those fabulous sleeves and point us to her favourite hangouts in the City Of Light. Je vous en prie.
(Shira is the first in a line-up of WoW Women — among whom are designers, authors, empowerment coaches and business owners — we have been speaking with to bring you stories of their travels, their style, their career and their lives throughout March. Happy International Women’s
Day Month! It’s going to be a splendidly inspiring one, promise.)
Angelina – I go every time I’m there, and always get their Mont-Blanc pastry.
Can you recall a special memory of Paris?
Shira Suveyke: My first time in Paris with a view of the Eiffel tower from my hotel room… sparkling on the hour.
Where do you find yourself making a beeline for whenever you’re there?
SS: Paris flea markets are always top of my list. I love to scour the stalls for vintage decor pieces for my apartment in Manhattan. They’re also the best places to find gifts for my family and friends.
Where do you like to stay?
SS: I always tend to stay in the vicinity of Place Vendôme.
What are your top three things to do in Paris?
SS: The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is famous for its cocktails — they do not disappoint! I love to take a walk in Le Marais and soak up the beautiful surroundings. I would also recommend visiting the art galleries in St-Germain-des-Prés.
We can’t talk about Paris without talking about shopping. Pray tell, where are your favourite shops?
SS: I adore Merci in Haut Marais and La Grande Epicerie de Paris at Le Bon Marché. Le Bon Marché is one of my favorite stores in Europe – there is always something new and exciting happening there! I also love shopping at boutiques such as Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant and Colette. They have consistently beautiful collections.
In the warmer months, I tend to wear separates or a dress and sandals with a light jacket or blazer.
When in Paris, what is one thing a girl must absolutely try?
SS: Angelina – I go every time I’m there, and always get their Mont-Blanc pastry.
Where is your favourite restaurant or cafe?
SS: Kinugawa at 9 Rue du Mont Thabor.
What should we order there?
SS: The Izakaya menu — it’s the best thing there.
If you could take three people, dead or alive, with you to Paris, who would they be?
SS: Coco Chanel, Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lastly, how would you pack for Paris in spring?
SS: In the winter, my focus is on layering and warmth with an emphasis on knits, coats and boots. In the warmer months, it’s about moving away from heavy layers — I tend to wear separates or a dress and sandals with a light jacket or blazer.
So for spring, it is all about finding a happy medium and having something for every occasion as the weather is often unpredictable in Europe. Go-to brands that I love are Isabel Marant and Theory for RTW and Paul Andrew is great for shoes. We have a great selection at THE OUTNET.
Photos of Shira via THE OUTNET // Others via Instagram
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