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July 31 2014

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Le Sport, C’est Chic

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When it comes to good restaurants, even Francophiles agree that New York and Paris are just about even. But gyms? The Big Apple wins hands down. That is, until Klay opened in the City of Light’s Montorgueil neighborhood last month. It took owner Arthur Benzaquen (he also owns the tony Ken Club in the 16th arrondissement) three years to restore the Gustave Eiffel-era building into a five-story fitness nirvana, which has been described by one observer as a “very fashion model-singer-actress-Lou Doillon gym.” Shakira shook her groove thing there not long after it opened, and it’s all but guaranteed to be chock-full of catwalkers when Paris fashion week gets under way at the end of next month. If the yoga and Pilates classes and pool don’t win them over, its eatery, DEPUR, will. Jewelry designer-turned-decorator Josh Hickey did up the interiors in turn-of-the-century club mode. The terrace decor—currently picnic tables and imported Adirondack chairs—will change quarterly in proper modish fashion. Even we’d join a gym with privileges like that.

Photo: Courtesy of Klay

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