This past May, members of Modenus Media’s Designhounds Influencer Network traveled to France for an eight-day artisan + antiques tour in collaboration with the Antiques’ Diva & Co.
Special thanks to Signature Kitchen Suite for supporting this program as the official #TrueToFood sponsor. Please follow the hashtag to learn about the many wonderful culinary experiences our team had on this trip. Enjoy the recap of the journey below.
Day 1: Arrival Day Paris
Headquarters for the 3-day long Paris portion of the trip was the beautiful hotel Plaza Madeleine. It sits literally across the street from the famous Eglise de la Madeleine.
To kick off the antiques tour, Designhounds attended a cocktail reception at the beautifully appointed home of local antiques’ dealers Danielle and Jean-Pierre. The couple work as Antique’s Diva guides in Paris. Champagne was flowing, a delicious dinner was served and Toma Haines, CEO of the Antiques’ Diva, gave a talk on how to shop for and ship French antiques.
Day 2: Day 1 of Artisan and Antiques Tour
We dedicated the second day to a walking tour of artisans along the Seine’s Right and Left Bank. Designhounds visited Declercq Passementerie for an in-depth presentation on the company’s rich history. This includes passementerie work for many famous chateaux like Versailles and Fontainebleau. Following Declercq was a visit to Prelle textiles which prides itself on carrying on old Lyonnaise silk weaving traditions.
For lunch, the group stopped at Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris known for its antiques and stylish decor. Desinghounds enjoyed a decadent lunch of both traditional and bourgeois French cuisine, a perfect example of #TruetoFood.
That afternoon, the group visited La Soufflerie glass blowers and Alix D’Reynis porcelain for an immersive look at some of the great artisanal craftsmanship of Paris. Wouldn’t be Designhounds if there wasn’t shopping!
Day 3: Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Antiques Tour
On the last day in Paris, designhounds visited the Paris Flea Market, where they could explore hundreds of antiques and vintage vendors. Products ranged from high-end luxury to quirky objects and anything in between. The Antiques’ Diva & Co guided the tour and provided detailed assistance with purchasing and shipping. This was not just a fun shopping trip but a truly professional buyer’s tour.
We wrapped the day at Puces with an exclusive cocktail hour inside the Futuro House. Matti Suuronen designed this orange UFO-inspired building in 1968. Who doesn’t want to end their shopping in a UFO?
The final stop during the Paris portion of the trip was Brasserie Pastis for a blend of Parisian and Provencale fare, the perfect ending to the Paris portion of the journey that rang in the Provence portion of the tour.
Stay tuned for Part II on the Designhounds trip to Provence!