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Roger & Gallet, Back at WK

SO happy to report our Market shop shelves are re-stocked with boxes of Roger & Gallet soaps and Eau de Toilette sprays. We have carried these for close to 20 years and we were unable to get them for over a year now. This iconic French brand from Paris is a winner for both men and women. Most of the scents enjoyed by all. I personally love the detail of the tissue paper, each bar wrapped just so. The boxes make for easy, stylish gift giving.



Rigaud Candles, Happily Once Again at WK

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be stocking the renowned French candles, Rigaud, at Watson Kennedy. When we first opened our doors in 1998 in the Market, we carried the line, but then the importer went away and we could no longer get the candles. Fast forward to today and they are once again on my radar, with our new shipment arriving yesterday. These are a true ‘Classic’ with a cap C. 

A little history from a little web searching: Riguad was the first luxury candle ever created. Rigaud candles began in the 1850’s when the Rigaud family started a perfumery. They gathered rare plant essences from around the world to create unique, exquisite perfumes. In the 1960’s, Madame Rigaud had the Cypres candle created for her to burn in her fashion boutique on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Customers raved over the fragrance and the Riguad candle line was born.

President Charles de Gaulle gave the Rigaud Cypres candle to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved the candle so much she had the line brought over to the states and the rooms of the White House were filled with Rigaud candles while the Kennedy’s were in office.



Ted’s Tip No. 122

For an instant jolt of style the moment guests arrive, paint your front door an eye catching color. You will also make yourself incredibly happy every time you come home.



Paris in Winter by David Coggins

20151229-085042.jpg I was given Paris in Winter for Christmas by our friend Heather. It has been at the top of my list for a read this week out at WestWard. We arrived yesterday and I headed straight for it and have been completely charmed. David Coggins is an artist who lives in Minneapolis. For the past 30 years, he and his family have been going to Paris at exactly this time of year, and are there to ring in the new year. What an amazing tradition! The book includes his drawings over the years he has done while on those stays, as well as random thoughts on life and the time spent wandering the streets, shops, museums and restaurants. Art & food play a huge part of the book, so you know it is right up my alley. You feel like you are right there with them. We will be ordering this for the shops this week and I will be speaking with David about getting signed book plates to add to each copy. As I said, it is just utterly charming and an ode to a city near to my heart. His drawings capture the essence of Parisian life, adding so much to the book to make you feel like you are part of Paris at this magical time of year.



In Montmartre

20150618-073206.jpg Just arrived at the shops, IN MONTMARTRE Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe, which I can hardly wait to begin reading. Paris in 1900, oh my. How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during that incredible time in history to hear the innovative conversations and witness the creation of such groundbreaking artwork. This book puts you there, smack dab in the thick of it all. An account of the social network of artists at a time in Paris that will long be remembered for its significance in the art world. Actually, not just the art world, but the world.



Mastering the Art of French Eating

20150130-074400.jpg Yes, that title says ‘eating’ not ‘cooking’ which puts a whole different spin on this book. Mastering the Art of French Eating is an homage to the French and their love of the meal. Written by Ann Mah, who writes about her experience living in Paris and traveling around the country, after her diplomat husband is called away from their new post in Paris for a yearlong assignment in Iraq. The experience of the meal, the ritual, the love of the ingredients–all are beautifully captured. Each chapter ends with a recipe best known from the region. Part cookbook, part memoir of her time in France. Just a delightful read.



Hyacinth and Memories of Paris

20150117-053606.jpg My memory bank is filled with amazingly vivid memories of trips to Paris. So many of those memories include flowers. The Parisians do flowers beautifully. I think in some way that is where my deep love for them began. They live with flowers each day. Often times, quite simply. One of our favorite hotels always has a big bunch on the desk right as you enter. A sure sign of stylish welcome. Most times in the Spring, they are hyacinth. Rarely do I see a hyacinth and not think of Paris. The city and its people have so deeply been on my mind–all week long I have looked at the hyacinth on the tray on the ottoman and thought of Paris. They are a kind and resilient people. They value beauty. They will come back stronger than ever.



Keeping Paris in Our Thoughts

20150113-035043.jpg I have held off writing about the horrific events of the last week in Paris. The news coverage was so constant with the attacks being so brutal it all just saddened me beyond words. I know Paris holds a very special place in many of our hearts. For me, Paris holds a certain magic over me. My memory bank filled with just the best, sweetest memories. We heard news yesterday morning that one of the gentleman killed in the grocery store was a work friend of mine. He was the head of the French linen company, Le Jacquard Francais for a period. It has brought all of this even closer to home. Events like these sadly seem to come and go and then slip away from memory. My request is that we keep Paris in our thoughts, in our prayers, in our hearts. They are needed to keep the memory of those lost alive in some way. To honor them. To honor a city, a culture and a people who have been wounded. To give back in some small way to the grand city that has given us so much.



Buvette: the pleasure of good food

20140619-063922.jpg By now you have probably clued into the fact that if I really like something, I REALLY like/love something quite a bit. Which also goes hand in hand with sharing that love with you. I have written much about how much I like/love/admire Buvette in New York. The eatery where I have had near out of body experiences not only from the food but also the environment. It is one of my happy places in the city that I frequent on nearly every visit. So you can imagine my glee when I found out awhile back that the chef and owner, Jody Williams, was working on a book. Buvette: the pleasure of good food, arrived yesterday at Watson Kennedy and I did a little jump for joy. Now I get to feel that Buvette ‘feel’ in our own home cooking up some of their signature dishes. Rarely do I sit with a glass of wine and just read a cookbook, but that is what I did last evening. Beautifully shot, the images transport you right to the very place, as well as make you incredibly hungry. As Jody writes, “Assembling this book has been an opportunity to reflect on the inspirations I’ve had in so many different kitchens around the world with so many people. Turning this all into food that can easily be made and served at home was a refreshingly easy translation as all of my cooking is simple, handmade, and straightforward. Buvette is more than a place; it’s also a feeling and an idea. It’s a way to cook, entertain, and live. It’s a recipe for living more meaningfully.”




Bread as Remembrance

20131103-100125.jpg I love good bread, and the difference between an incredible loaf and a mediocre loaf can be huge in enjoyment and not always so big in the dollar department. Toast is a big thing in our household. We have started to bring loaves of bread home from our time at Hawthorne. It is a way to stay connected to a place that is growing so fond in our hearts. Sliced bread works well in the freezer, keeping for quite some time. It is amazing how making a slice of this bread for toast brings back thoughts & fond memories of our visit. Food can have such strong connections to a place. When we are in Paris, I always like to bring back bread from Poilâne as a reminder of our trip. Sitting and having a salad with croutons made from it just takes me right back to images of meandering around Paris and that incredibly intoxicating aroma inside Poilâne while you are waiting in line to order. Cheers to good bread & good memories!