— March 20, 2012 —
One of the best things about Paris Fashion Week, even greater than going to the shows even, is being able to visit all the wonderful showrooms - permanent or temporary - that are sprinkled throughout the Marais and its surrounding arrondisments. It'sgloriousbecause it's here that you can see the clothes up close; you can admire their construction andcraftsmanship, and you feel a deeper connection to each piece. Every showroom is unique in its own way; both in terms of the interiors and the collections they house. One of the loveliest spaces we saw was the Robert Dodd showroom, which played host to the Twenty8Twelve F/W '12 collection. The Robert Dodd showroom is filled with glorious natural light, located on a quiet street, with a lovely cobblestone courtyard.
We also had the delightful luck of running into Robert Dodd himself one night while having drinks after a long day at a small bar du vin down the road. He was wonderfully friendly, insightful and exceptionally charming. We chatted to him about running the showroom (he actually runs three showrooms, all located in the Marais district), the genius that is Hussein Chalayan (Robert's showroom manages the Hussein Chalayan x Puma range) and the astounding success of J Brand jeans. We actually feel a bit guilty, as we felt we may have crashed his meeting over drinks with a charming man from J Brand ; but it was impossible to resist the temptation to chat him up. We only wish we could have had a longer conversation!