The 411: Astier De Villatte’s Emilie Mazeaud
Astier de Villatte’s gorgeous ceramics and artful stationery have made it a must-see tourist destination in Paris and a favorite haunt for locals, too. But the adorable store received a big boost in business when Emilie Mazeaud came on board and introduced ADV’s cult-hit collection of scented candles and colognes four years ago. “We used to sell scented candles from another brand in our shop in Paris, and one day we decide to make our own,” the L’Ecole Camono and Central Saint Martins-trained product designer recalls of the catalyst that led her to enlist the services of renowned perfumer Françoise Caron, whom she met through her mother, Sophie Mazeaud, the former beauty editor at French Vogue. The collection of “scented objects,” as Mazeaud likes to call them, also includes covetable aromatic erasers in addition to a choice selection of incense, hand cream, and soap, all of which are meant to capture an olfactory journey to “the most magical places in the world.” Needless to say, the girl’s got good taste. Here, as PFW officially gets under way, Mazeaud dishes on her statement scents, where to go for trustworthy trims while in town, and a French pharmacy address you’re going to want to write down.
The Best Way to Burn One Down: Astier de Villatte
“My favorite candles at this time (because it changes) are Alger, which is like wild jasmine flowers having been exposed and heated under the sun, and Namche Bazar, which is a village located in the Sagarmatha Zone of northeastern Nepal. At 3,440 meters, it is the gateway to the high Himalayas. I love the name and the black tea with a touch of tobacco. It makes me dream of beautiful mountains.”
173 Rue St. Honoré, Paris, 33-1-42-60-74-13; also available for $75 each at www.barneys.com.
The House of Hair: L’Atelier de Donato
“[Donato] is a friend now. I am always happy when he cuts my hair, so I always go back there.”
207 Rue St. Honoré, Paris, 33-1-40-20-45-18.
The Lip Saver: Chanel Paris
“I like the color, the texture, and the packaging of Chanel [makeup], especially the Lèvres Scintillantes gloss.”
Les Mains Event: Aesop Aromatique Hand Balm
“All the skincare from Sisley is very good quality, and I love the hand cream from Aesop. It has a beautiful texture, delicious smell, and beautiful packaging.”
The Beauty Emporium: The Pharmacie
“[Go to] Pharmacie Fouhety on Rue du Four!”
26 Rue du Four, Paris, 33-1-46-33-20-81.
The Classic Cuisine: Le Petit Saint Benoit
“It’s very old Parisian style and affordable and not pretentious!”
4 Rue Saint-Benoît, Paris, 33-1-42-60-27-92.
The Well-Appointed Watering Hole: Chez Georges
“It’s a very old bar, with very nice people and atmosphere.”
11 Rue des Canettes, Paris, 33-1-43-26-79-15.
The Fitness Routine: Marie-Laure de Crozefon
“Once a week I go see Marie-Laure de Crozefon. She is a physiotherapist and her courses are very good and not boring.”
20 Rue Vieux Colombier, Paris.
The Fancy Footwear: Doré Doré (DD)
“[They have] the best socks in Paris!”
70 Rue de Rennes, Paris, 33-1-45-48-85-52, www.dore-dore.fr.
Photo: Sophie Delaporte