Twice a year, during the Fashion Weeks, the fashion pros travel to New York, London, Milan, and Paris. The latest trends on the runway are in the center of their attention. But there is also a lot going on beside the catwalks. Of course there are shops, pubs, and hotels in these big cities that are committed to sustainability - and the cool crowd just loves them. Here are our favorites in Paris.
Café InekoVegetarian café owned by Inès de Villeneuve (formerly Louis Vuitton), designed by the architect François Champsaur. The design: lots of white, light wood, printed cushions, hanging plants, and vintage furniture. Highlights on the menu: the spelt tabbouleh with raw and cooked vegetables, hummus with sun-dried tomatoes and the spicy sandwich with avocado and feta cheese. If you are not satisfied after all, try the coconut cream brûlée (13 rue de Gravilliers).
Wild and the MoonExtremely popular mixture of cafe and juice bar with several locations in Paris. Everything that passes the counter is 100 percent sustainably cultivated, vegan, and gluten-free. Super delicious: the açai bowls and the soba noodles with sesame seeds and avocado. Those who love sweets should order the banana cake or the "Nice Cream", vegan ice cream with coconut and dragon fruit (www.wildandthemoon.fr).
La Potager de CharlotteThe two brothers David and Adrien Valentin serve creative and innovative vegetable cuisine at a high level in their cozy restaurant in a small street in the 9th arrondissement. All ingredients come from sustainable farms and local producers, so are the wines, all organic. Especially warm service! Tip: Sunday brunch is worthwhile. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (12 rue de la Tour d'Auvergne, www.lepotagerdecharlotte.fr).
Hidden Hotel Cozy four-star hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. The wooden façade is overgrown with greenery; the rooms are decorated in warm tones and with lots of wood and stone washbasins. The environmentally friendly coconut fiber mattresses from Coco-Mat are heavenly comfy. Only biodegradable materials are used for cleaning. Great for your workout: the Yoga Wall. Don't miss out on breakfast, which is made exclusively from organic products. Especially delicious: the yoghurts from a small farm nearby (double room from approx. 200 €, www.hidden-hotel.com).
Hotel Le PavillonCharming boutique hotel in a former monastery in the 7th arrondissement, member of the "Green Spirit Hotels". The 15 rooms are bright and originally styled; three are specially equipped for electro-sensitive guests with protection against low and high frequencies. And of course you won't find any plastic packaging in the bathrooms, the electricity is mainly powered by renewable energy. For breakfast there are organic products such as honey from Paris, jams from "Le Confitures de Pascal" and eggs from a permaculture farm in Normandy. In the summer you can also sit in the garden (double room from approx. 190 €, www.green-spirit-hotels.com).
Aujourd' hui DemainSuper cool, super sustainable: The first vegan concept store in Bastille/Oberkampf offers hip, fair produced fashion, and accessories for adults and children, as well as natural cosmetics, books, and food. Delicious: the vegan cheese from "Les Noveaux Affineurs". Tip: after shopping in the café, order one of the delicious Veggie Bowls (42 rue de Chemin vert, www.aujourdhui-demain.com).
Pallas ParisPallas, a traditional Parisian house, makes "petite couture" - every part of the collection, including the tuxedo, is made by a single tailor. An elegant, cool, androgynous style that relies on strength. On high-quality craftsmanship with attitude. Since 1960, tailor-made suits and collections inspired by tuxedos have been made in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Daniel Pallas grew up in this studio. He used to live here with his family. In a room where blazers and trousers are cut today, his desk from his childhood is still standing. Daniel Pallas's father, a trained men's tailor, invented a special technique for making his tuxedos: each jacket is made by just one person, from the first pinprick to the last. It is called "Petite Couture". Daniel Pallas wanted this to be revived. In addition to collaborating with studios of luxury houses, he launched the Pallas Paris collection in 1991 together with his female partner Véronique Bousquet, whose core inspiration is the tuxedo. That androgynous, as strong as sensual classic: "A tuxedo definitely offers a woman better protection than a wide dress". The tuxedo collection is produced entirely in Paris. Local manufacturers are supported, transport routes are kept short, and CO2 emissions are minimized. The expertise of the French tailoring art flows into each and every piece; it is cut in a historic studio and handcrafted by individual tailors. It carries the spirit of uniqueness and glamorous sustainability. All fabrics come from France, Italy, and England; many of the fabrics are so-called "Deadstock", left-overs and stock fabrics from overproduction.
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