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CAN I TELL YOU ... TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE THE CULTURES THAT INSPIRE MY DESIGNS.

Can I tell you…about the best address in Paris.

Rafe Totengco

Rafe's Andra "Sunset on the beach" minaudière.

Rafe's Andra "Sunset on the beach" minaudière.

If you love fashion then you love Paris. I have been coming to Paris twice a year for some time now and yet every time I visit I'm always filled with anticipation and excitement as to what I'm about to see and be inspired by.  

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a dress by Dice Kayek

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a dress by Dice Kayek

That adrenaline rush the moment I hit the streets in Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Saint Honoré, it never gets old. 

Rafē “Azura” minaudière paired with a dress by Del Pozo.

Rafē “Azura” minaudière paired with a dress by Del Pozo.

It's the one of the few cities in the world where shopping might possibly be considered a sport. There is so much ground to cover and so little time. l run myself ragged trying to visually absorb all of it. 

Rafē “Ramya” Minaudière.  

Rafē “Ramya” Minaudière.  

Eventually though, it all becomes a bit of blur because you hit sensory overload and everything starts to look alike. You see the same stores and the same merchandise over and over again. To find something truly memorable and unique you have to get off the beaten track.

Rafē “Azura” Minaudières displayed with a dress from The 2nd Skin.

Rafē “Azura” Minaudières displayed with a dress from The 2nd Skin.

Just steps away from the famous Champs Elysees is one such destination, Les Suites. As soon as you step inside you immediately realize that you've entered a rarefied world of elegance and luxury.

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a jumpsuit by Osman.  

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a jumpsuit by Osman.  

Top and skirt by Tamuna Ingorkvai with a Rafē “Azura” Minaudière. 

Top and skirt by Tamuna Ingorkvai with a Rafē “Azura” Minaudière. 

Every piece is selected by the founder Eka Iukuridze. She mixes haute couture and prêt-à-porter from established and independent labels with a discerning eye to aimed at addressing her clientele's lifestyle.  They come into the store looking for something different and unique that they can’t find anywhere else. 

Rafē “Andra” Moonlight on the Beach Minaudière.  

Rafē “Andra” Moonlight on the Beach Minaudière.  

The main floor entrance with a focus on handbags and jewelry. Rafe's Azura minaudieres are on the table.

The main floor entrance with a focus on handbags and jewelry. Rafe's Azura minaudieres are on the table.

The Shoe Salon at Les Suites

The Shoe Salon at Les Suites

The main floor houses handbags, jewelry and shoes in the front and ready-to-wear in the back. Walk up the grand staircase and you'll see three expansive suites where clients along their entourage can come in for their fittings or try on their choices in private.

Rafē minaudières on display in one of the private suites on the 2nd floor.

Rafē minaudières on display in one of the private suites on the 2nd floor.

Once inside they can have their pick of tea, coffee or champagne and some nibbles. The boutique employs two full time seamstresses full-time so any changes that need to be made are done in the premises and guarantees the client the perfect fit.

One of the private suites on the 2nd floor.

One of the private suites on the 2nd floor.

I first met Eka several years ago at Premiere Classe, a trade show in Paris that I participated in to showcase my Rafe New York collection during Paris Fashion Week. She came into my booth and studied my collection and with an editor's eye immediately selected an assortment that she felt would appeal to her clientele.

Rafē's “MaryAnne” minaudière paired with a dress by Natasha Zinko

Rafē's “MaryAnne” minaudière paired with a dress by Natasha Zinko

She invited me to visit the store since I wasn't familiar with the address. You can just imagine my delight when I walked through the doors. One of my dreams just came true. Les Suites has been carrying Rafe Minaudières ever since and the rest as they say is history. 

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a sequined dress from The 2nd Skin.  

Rafē “Azura” Minaudière with a sequined dress from The 2nd Skin.  

So next time you're in Paris and you're looking for something truly special and one-of-a-kind, go to Les Suites.

Les Suites, 47 rue Pierre Charron 75008, Paris

https://www.boutiquelessuites.com