EVA GALAMBOS - PARLOUR X
GUEST OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2017
Parlour X is a Sydney institution offering up some of the world's most elite designers in a historic converted church-cum-retail space. Curating this collection is founder and buyer Eva Galambos, who frequents Paris up to six times a year to source coveted pieces by Celine, J.W.Anderson and Saint Laurent to name a few. We chatted to Eva to get her authority on Paris and her must-have items from Parlour X this season.
You travel to Paris six times a year on buying trips for Parlour X. Is there something about Paris that would make you keep going back, even if it wasn’t for work?
Paris has become a second home. As the fashion capital of the world, Paris has provided exceptional professional experiences and precious moments. As a buyer, I’m fortunate to have access to the most inspiring runways and finest, luxury showrooms in the world, with each buying trip a constant source of inspiration to absorb the atmosphere and industry at-large.
My favourite thing is definitely the European summer vacation with my family where my partner Michael and our two daughters Alexa and Paloma join me in Paris for the July buying trip every year.
From a social perspective, even though you are exhausted after what could be a nine-hour showroom appointment with Céline or Valentino, it is an opportune time to catch up friends, designers and peers both from Australia and Europe. Many unforgettable evenings can be attributed to midnight in Paris!
You must be an expert on hotels in Paris. Do you have a favourite that keeps you checking in again and again? Or do you switch it up?
I am a little habitual, but I love Hotel Bauchamont, the Mandarin Oriental, The Bristol and The Ritz for extra decadence.
What are your packing essentials for the put-together traveler in Paris?
Travelling to Paris six times a year for well and truly over a decade has determined my organised, quick-pace packing abilities! Overall my personal style depends on my mood, but it is usually considered, polished and feminine with a sense of fun. Statement and hero pieces back with interchangeable separates which can be multi-worn are essential.
For the flight, layering in Isabel Marant superfine tees are practical underneath a trans-seasonal tailored blazer by Balenciaga – at the moment my pick is the Swing Zip Jacket.
Footwear in flight-mode is always a loafer for me, I’m loving Fendi or Loewe most for their expert craftsmanship and comfort. During fashion week and running about town, I like versatile, statement heels often with a stacked heel or unique details.
You must have some secret spots in Paris. Where do you head for an evening tipple?
There are too many to list, but here my top picks:
LOULOU – musée des Arts décoratifs 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris. Exquisite from interior décor, to the magnificent courtyard perfect for a summer’s lunch or dinner. The food is just as delicious and glamorous. My ultimate dining destination in Paris!
LA BELLE ÉPOQUE - 36, rue des Petits Champs, 75002, Paris. A classic and modern French brasserie. It’s all about the great food, wine and the atmosphere is perfect Parisian style.
FRENCHIE - 5-6 Rue de Nil, 75002, Paris. With people waiting up to six months to gets a reservation at Frenchie, try to book as fair in advance as possible. Great food, atmosphere and service.
BALAGAN - 9 Rue d’Alger, 75001, Paris. Latest ‘it’ restaurant, great for breakfast and dinner. A fantastic bar – book well ahead!
LE PERCHOIR – 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011, Paris. Very cool restaurant on an open huge rooftop with a 360 degree view of Paris.
MONSIEUR BLEU - 20 Avenue de New York, 75116, Paris. Hip restaurant on the Left Bank, overlooking the Seine and sparkling Eiffel Tower with a great vibe and food to match, this is often on the top of my list when attending Paris Fashion Week. I come here with Australian designers Kym Ellery, Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL - 251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris. Beautiful scenic bar, have a drink in the terrace. The hotel is also a great central meeting point.
Do you get to explore regional France often? If so, where do you venture?
Not nearly enough but fortunately when my family arrives we get to have more playful adventures. Here’s my top picks for travelling with children:
JARDINS DU LUXEMBOURG - 6e Arrondissement, 75006, Paris. The Jardins du Luxembourg in the 6th has one of the best playgrounds I have ever seen. Featuring slides, jungle gyms and zip lines, your kids will spend hours entertained in these beautiful gardens. Puppet shows and pony rides also feature within the gardens, and you must visit Paris’ oldest carousel!
JARDINS D’ACCLIMATATION - Bois de Boulogne, 75016, Paris. This park includes an archery range, train-ride, puppet theatre, zoo, house of mirrors, miniature golf course, science museum and pony rides! Run by the LVMH group, the Jardins D’Acclimatation is beautiful. And there is so much to do that you will want to come back again and again. Depending in how much time you have, plan to come here more than once!
PALAIS DE TOKYO - 13 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116, Paris. Palais de Tokyo has an entire program dedicated to kid’s entertainment called Little Palais. Story-telling’s, concerts and art workshops all feature on the Little Palais calendar, and both kids and parents alike can join in.
PARC DE LA VILLETTE - 211 Avenue Jean Jaures, 75019, Paris. The Parc de la Vilette is the largest urban cultural park in Paris. The playground has a fantastic Chinese-dragon slide and jungle-gyms, and during the summer has an open-air cinema.
JARDINS DES TUILERIES - 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris. The playground at Jardin des Tuileries is a big hit for kids five and above. With plenty of metal structures, rope tunnels, spinning and bouncing apparatus, your kids will be occupied for hours! If you are in Paris in the summer months, make sure to visit the annual summer carnival and take a ride of the Ferris wheel – it has a fantastic aerial view of Paris.
LES INVALIDES - 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007, Paris. Originally built by Louis XIV as a hospital, Les Invalides (officially known as L’Hotel National des Invalides) now houses the military history and artefacts of France. A great place to take kids who love history, especially boys who will love looking at all the medallions and learning about the French war stories and heroes.
DISNEYLAND PARIS -77777 Marne-la-Vallee, France. Located just outside of Paris, Disneyland is every little kid (and some big kids) dream! With two parks to explore – Parc Disneyland and Parc Walt Disney Studios – it can be a little overwhelming, but ultimately a great day to spend with family. Make sure to purchase a Fastpass ticket to jump the queues.
What are your favourite resort picks from the current collection at Parlour X?
Fendi has reworked feminine tailoring and diversified it through a bold ‘pop’ attitude for Resort, you’ll see a lot of beautiful candy colours and supremely luxe fabrics here. As one of the longest-standing Isabel Marant stockists and largest stocked in the Southern Hemisphere, the brand offering was very strong and signature Isabel Marant, so brand loyalists will be thrilled. A highlight will be the second collection of Raf Simons for Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. As the exclusive stockist in Australia, it’s a unique collection that the fashion set are clamoring to get into.
And for all those who are desperate to know, where are your favourite croissants from in Paris?
You can always follow the scent of an incredible boulangerie (and often these are the best ones!) however my ultimate breakfast destinations are:
HOTEL MONCEAU - 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008, Paris. A chic Parisian breakfast, you can enjoy gourmet breakfast or brunch with a delicious selection of flavours.
BALAGAN - 9 Rue d’Alger, 75001, Paris. Again, this restaurant is quite irresistible for breakfast., offering an authentic food experience.
GEORGE V, Le Cinq - Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris. Fine dining gastronomy brunch in an institution setting.
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