Chez Soi

Adventures of a Year Abroad


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Today I got an email from Cecile Jeanne Paris, a brand I’ve loved since first discovering them some 10 years ago. Curt was with me when we found their treasure, in the Marais district. Those gold hoops purchased for ~79E are probably the most beloved item in my jewelry drawer. Their email was to announce a global website. I’m happy for them. Really I am. But also sad at how everything seems available, everywhere. Having a Gap store in Paris and Cecile Jeanne Paris in San Francisco is, I suppose, inevitable. But it does takes away from that sense of exploring when you travel if you can always find anything. And then you lose the ability to say …”oh, I got it in this special little place tucked around the corner of so and so tea shop”.

Author: nilofermerchant

Strategist. Passionate about igniting cultures of innovation. HBR Writer, O'Reilly Author (published January 2010) of The New How, and former CEO of Rubicon.

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