The Paris Scene: Couture

From new boutiques to fresh eats, visitors to Paris during couture week have plenty of extracurricular pursuits calling between shows.

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Inside Atelier Cologne.

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Atelier Cologne has just opened its first boutique in the City of Light. The 666-square-foot location in central Paris, tucked away just off the Rue Saint-Honoré in a space that used to be two stores — an art gallery and a postcard seller, is its second freestanding shop (after one in New York’s NoLIta neighborhood). Sylvie Ganter, a cofounder of the fragrance brand, explained Atelier Cologne is 100 percent French. “So it was about time we opened in Paris,” she said. As the space was being renovated this fall some original details were uncovered, such as a brick wall, pillars and decorative molding. Wood from Brazil lines the floor and much of the shop’s furniture is reconstituted from antique pieces. “All those things have so much soul and history that we were glad to bring them back to life in our own world with a different type of use,” added Ganter. On site along with the full range of Atelier Cologne products is an engraving atelier, where customers’ names or initials can be put on the scents’ leather caps and travel pouches. Most recently, Atelier Cologne opened in Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, and up next could be a presence in Dubai and Shanghai, according to Ganter.

Atelier Cologne, 8 Rue Saint-Florentin, 75001 Paris. Tel.: +33-1-42-60-00-31. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

— Jennifer Weil

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