It has always been a pleasure travelling to Paris over the years to source new brands for Loulerie. After not being able to travel for 2 years because of lockdowns, the first trip in March 2022 was definitely a special one.
When Tonya and I touched down in Paris, we really began to stop and look at the beautiful surroundings as well as the jewellery. Prior to Covid we never really took time to stop and be in the moment, but we have now learned the importance of treasuring the everyday pleasures of daily life, especially when travelling.
At Loulerie, we are always looking for new brands, young designers and an interesting design idea. While it’s possible to see this online, there really is nothing like seeing jewellery in person and being able to touch it, try it on and hear the design story behind it.
Our first morning, we headed straight to Perle de Lune and Mignonne Gavigan in Paris to catch up with the designers who have become good friends of ours over the years and of course see their new collections. You'll see what we found that day in their collections stocked online and in our Chatham Street store.
We always allocate time to just look and find, so that was next on the agenda. This is something that can be rewarding when you find something special and disappointing when you don’t.
Vanessa Baroni literally stopped us in our tracks when we saw the candy coloured chunky link pieces all displayed on a gorgeous white table. Seeing the full collection of a designer always helps you understand who they are and what the collection really means.
For me, I need to know the story behind the brand so it was a great opportunity to be able to talk with Vanessa and discover her backstory in fashion and her design inspiration. We knew our customers would love both the neutral and gold bracelets as well as the summer bright candy colours so we immediately pulled together a special edit just for our customers.
As store manager, Tonya is always looking for jewellery that she knows her customers will love and that is why we often buy pieces with specific people in mind! It was an exhilarating feeling finding something new and exciting, so we celebrated with a post-show cocktail and dinner at one of our favourite neighbourhood bistros, Le Saint Germain, before collapsing into bed ready to do it all over again.