In his capacity as head honcho at Ungaro, Giles Deacon spends a lot of time in Paris, zipping back and forth between his many business interests. However, he does manage to find some time to stop and chillax, as we found out this week when we cornered him about his fave places to head in the city.
Talking about shopping in Paris, Giles says that ‘obviously places like Colette’ are worth heading to, Colette being the awesome boutique which was founded in Paris in 1997 and has had it’s super-fash model of clothing, books and art copied globally in the fourteen years since. Giles also loves ‘the new Hermès store in St Germain - it’s just a really amazing place to go and look at because it’s where they’ve all their furniture additions, where they work with lots of really interesting new designers as well, who are working on various furniture items like swings and things… I adore Hermès and they do some amazing pieces.’ Sounds good to us.
Hotel Notre Dame
Giles doesn’t use hotels in Paris because he has ‘an apartment there, so I park up. Which is nice – having your own bed, and you can sort of switch off’. Grazia Daily, however, totally rates the newly renovated hotel La Maison des Champs Elysées, reworked by Maison Margiela, or the Hotel Notre Dame which has a view of the cathedral as well as an equally spectacular interior, with rooms individually styled by Christian Lacroix (though we DO wonder if either of these hotels would be as much fun as staying at Giles’ pad. Please, Mr. D?).
La Maison des Champs Elysees
Food wise, Giles favours a neighborhood restaurant ‘but I can’t remember it’s name!’ he SAYS, though we wonder if this is a ruse to ensure it doesn’t become over-run with Grazia Daily readers. However, he could also try Le Matignon, the Jacques Garcia-designed ‘restaurant and playground’ which offers food with some serious wow factor, or somewhere more rustic, like Le Petit Prince, a St Germain eatery which offers traditional French food (and might be good after a day at the new Hermès store? Just a suggestion).
--- Alex Butt