Letter from The Creative Director
I am so pleased to share this latest collection with you! Bountiful in beauty, it has taken inspiration from the palette of Pierre Bonnard, the man who would become known as ‘The painter of happiness.’ His use of iridescent light and rich harmonies of colour set the stage for a romantic, sensual collection that offers elegance and functional protection from the elements. From luxurious knitwear to beautiful dresses, chic outerwear to earthy accessories, this season is about layering, to create forever-stylish silhouettes. With such a gorgeous base of colour, we knew there would be no better place to shoot the collection than Paris’s Musée de la Vie Romantique.
Keep reading, to learn the enchanting story of what was one the home and hub for Romantic artists, musicians, and writers alike. With its vivid history, we asked Amy Kupec Larue, who last year, took us through the luscious Jardins, to give us a tour of the exquisite historical site. I hope you enjoy, this incredibly special issue of our L’Édition.
The Painter Of Happiness
The Painter Of Happiness
Inspired by the incomparable poet of painting, Pierre Bonnard, our latest collection delights in the artist’s much favoured warm palette. With a rich romance of rouge, we thought it only fitting to fly this latest collection on a joyous voyage, photographed in Paris’s extraordinary Musée de la Vie Romantique. Ujjwala Raut is pictured wearing our Check Ponte Pant, Cashmere Cable Jumper, and Ponte Blazer, finished with our chic Houndstooth Baker Boy Cap. Available in-store and online now.
THE ARTIST VOCATION IS TO SEND LIGHT INTO THE HUMAN HEART
– GEORGE SAND
Effortlessly en vogue, be transported to charming cobblestone streets of Paris by our latest collection. Featuring chic outwear such as our, Quilted Puffer Coat over our Tile Print Cotton Shirt and essential Bengajean®, c’est parfait for keeping cosy and looking elegant. Magnifique!
The Musée De La Vie Romantique
Ever-so-romantique this must-see museum lies at the base of the Montmartre hill, in the 9th Arrondissement. A stone’s throw away from the Sacre Coeur Basilica, it’s one of only trois literary museums in Paris, and was originally the Paris home and studio of Dutch-born painter, Ary Scheffer, a prominent figure in Paris’s artistic and intellectual society.
A pink house with enchanting green shutters, this 1830’s-built hôtel particulier was to become an iconic literary and cultural salon, hosting some of the most renowned names in the creative world at the time. A tradition that would continue for many years, each Friday night Ary and his daughter hosted gatherings with attendants including George Sand, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, and Charles Dickens (when he was in town).
This charming property remained under the ownership of Scheffer’s family for over 150 years as a private residence, until 1982, when it was then transformed into the Musée Renan-Scheffer, by the City of Paris. In 1987, the name of the museum was changed to Musée de la Vie Romantique, a far more accurate description of this poetic location.
Today this petit yet eclectic museum dedicates itself to preserving the works of the Romantics. Filled with Romantic paintings and gorgeous antique furniture, this whimsical salon will transport its visitors to the early 1800s. Truly one of the most romantique places in Paris, today, this artful venue celebrates the work of Ary Scheffer himself, the writer Ernest Renan and George Sand, one of the most successful female writers of all time.
When visiting, be sure to end your tour in the shaded, rose-filled garden. There stands the Rose Bakery, a fantastique way to enjoy a charming Parisian lunch after strolling through the museum.
Your Personal Tour
Believing colour could express everything, Bonnard employed the use of rich palettes to speak to his audience. Unconventional and unexpected use of colour would make Matisse an admirer of his work. Discover a rich harmony of romantic colour with our Pierre Print Dress crafted from viscose georgette. We recommend styling it with our Pointelle Cardigan and Choco Suede Leather Handbag for superbe style.
Known as the finest colourist of the 20th Century, our Bonnard-inspired collection creates cool et chic style with simplicity. This latest offering creates beautiful style using thoughtfully curated colour, like the eye-catching purple hue of our 100% Organic Cotton Jumper. For eye-catching style, complete the look with our essential Bengajean and Jolie Pearl Heel Boot, et voila!
IT’S NOT A MATTER OF PAINTING LIFE. IT’S A MATTER OF GIVING LIFE TO A PAINTING. – PIERRE BONNARD
Enraptured By Elegance
Envelop yourself in the showstopping beauty of our latest collection. Crafted from recycled polyester, this elegantly embroidered velvet midi dress showcases stunning detail on a chic design. Elevate the look with rich hues of our new Noir Embellished Wool Scarf, available in-store and online now.
Enraptured By Elegance
Some things stay chic forever. Our Black Buckle Wool Fedora and 100% Merino Roll Neck Wool Jumper are two timeless pieces for elegant beauty. Designed to stay in style season after season, they are crafted from luxurious natural fibres, resulting in the perfect additions to any winter wardrobe. Browse our complete Pierre Bonnard collection, available in-store and online now.