I love worn out things, antiques and a real mystery. This apartment near Opera Gariner in Paris captures all of this. Nobody has set foot in this apartment since 1942! Can you believe this has stood completely untouched for over 70 years!
The apartment belonged to Madame de Florian a highly social lady whom during World War II escaped from Paris. She must have left in a rush because the apartment was a bit messy.
Still, it’s fascinating how well an apartment can be “conserved” in over 70 years! I would have expected the amount of dust to have been piled up at least a few decimeters.
De Florian never returned to Paris, however she still paid rent until she passed away at age 91. In the apartment one could find everything of interest and things very common to that era, like the stuffed ostrich for example. The Mickey Mouse must have been very modern at the time.
One also found the lovely, long lost portrait by Giovanni Boldini. Turns out that Madame de Florian herself was in the paining, which now has been sold for over 2 million dollars at an auction (a record for the artist). Check out the dress – isn’t it magnificent?
Apparently she spend the rest of her life in the south of France. The mystery is why did she never return? Why continue to pay rent for 70 years if you don’t plan to come back? If not for anything else, come back for that painting!
A few weeks ago we welcomed famous Chinese actress, Bea Hayden and Modern Fashion Lifestyle Channel to the Bag-all store on Mott Street.
Bea was documenting one of her days in New York and ended up finding some favorite bags, which she aslo monogrammed with her name.
They filmed their visit and if you speak Chinese, you can watch the full video here.
Thank you for visiting Bea, you are welcome back any time!
Finally! Its time to start packing away your gloves and beanies and start unpacking your caps and t-shirts.
Protect your leather gloves from dust, scratches and excess moisture by storing them in our new Gloves organizing bag.
To all our Japanese followers, here is an interview with founder and owner Jennifer that was made by Ships Magazine during her trip to Japan. Ships sells a selected range of Bag-alls items in stores around the country.
To read the full interview and see more images, click here