Un de perdu, dix de retrouvés

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…an Anne Fontaine blouse.

Brazilian-born Anne Fontaine has been clothing women in beautiful blouses since 1993. As a girl, she started sewing for herself and friends because she couldn’t find well-made, feminine clothes. When she moved to her father’s native France, she created her first collection of all-white blouses. She whittled 500 sketches down to 100 winners and opened her first boutique. Since then, she has expanded the collection to black as well as periodically some other colors or prints. Every year, she still narrows 500 ideas down to 100 that are sold in over 70 boutiques world-wide. You can’t currently shop on-line, but an improved web-site should be up in early 2012. You can also “Friend” the brand on Facebook.

These beautiful blouses are not inexpensive – about 200€ or $300 US each – but the fabric and trims are unparalleled. I once treated myself to one, but I never got to wear it outside of the dressing room. I bought a beautiful black blouse with semi-sheer insets in the boutique near La Madeleine. On my way back to my hotel, I left the bag on the subway. When I realized what I had done, I was more than a little chagrined. Even a trip to the objets trouvés department availed nothing. Recently, we got our daughter a beautiful white blouse edged in black piping at the Anne Fontaine boutique in Soho. Seeing how beautiful she looks in her birthday present almost assuages my sorrow over my loss. Santa, if you give me another chance, I’ll be more careful this time.

Today’s expression, un de perdu, dix de retrouvés (uhn duh peardoo deese duh ruh-troo-vay), means “one lost, ten found.” I would have settled for just finding the one I lost, but that was not my fate.

 Chic Shopping Paris

For all 12 days of Christmas:

1. Cartier Tank watch

2. Hermès Kelly bag

3. Assouline book

4. Atelier du Gantier gloves

5. Anne Fontaine blouse

6. French Perfume

7. Hermès bracelet

8. Diptyque candle

9. Cartier Trinity collection

10. Longchamp Le Pliage tote

11. Hermès scarf

12. Apartment in Paris

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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