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SHOE SHOPS: There’s no shortage of accessories action on Paris’ retail front. Thirty-five years after opening his first store on Rue de Tournon, Swiss shoemaker Walter Steiger has christened his first bespoke shoe atelier here, on Avenue Matignon in the 8th arrondissement. Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and the late Princess Diana are among a ritzy list of the house’s clients. Steiger, who will host a cocktail at the new space on Oct. 5, said he sees the venture as a chance to explore his fantasies, likening the service to couture. “There are no more shoes ‘Made in France.’ This is a country that excels in all its métiers, but for shoes I felt the service was missing,” he said.
Those in the mood to road-test a replica pair of the crocodile stilettos custom-made for Marilyn Monroe for “Some Like it Hot,” meanwhile, should head to the new Ferragamo’s Creations boutique chez Maria Luisa on Rue du Mont Thabor. The Ferragamo’s Creations concept centers on reviving historic models from the house’s archives. Other new store additions include Stephane Verdino, Louis Quatorze, Ash, Mykita and Silver Seasons’ Michael Michaud. Maison Steiger Bottier, 33 Avenue Matignon, 75008; Ferragamo’s Creations chez Maria Luisa, 38 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75008.
THE READER: Mad about a certain book cover? Have it immortalized on a bag. That’s the concept behind a magical new line of limited edition minaudières by Olympia Le-Tan, evoking first-edition covers of 21 classics. The collection is hand-made in France, using canvas, embroidered felt-appliqué and silk-thread, with a brass structure. Tomes selected by Le-Tan include “Moby Dick” (on special request from Chloë Sevigny); “Lolita,” “1984” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” Each bag retails for around $1,500. Tilda Swinton is said to have ordered one embroidered with the cover of the Fifties novel “Auntie Mame” by Patrick Dennis. “Most of them come from the Forties and Fifties. I collect old books. The covers were so much nicer then,” said the designer, who held a cocktail presentation on Wednesday, at Galerie Vero-Dodat in Paris’ 1st arrondissement. Le-Tan has also whipped up a line of soft clutches and totes embroidered with quotes and book titles. Colette is the exclusive Paris distributor for the collection. Colette, 213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001; +33-1-55-35-33-90.