Physical location – Chez Douteau, 17130 MESSAC
Our take: From handwoven rugs found in North Africa to home accessories and vintage couture items, Mathilde Labrouche’s Coté Pierre offers treasures across the design spectrum. We met her in an open-air market near Montpelier and have followed her website ever since. Though known for her custom mirrors that reflect her clients’ specifications, she offers a variety of artistic pieces. One of our favorite purchases — a vintage YSL wool and soutache braid cape —is timelessly chic.
PRÊT-À-PORTER POUR HOMMES
Physical location – 20 rue Saint Agricol, Avignon 84000
Our take: Pop into Continental for casual men’s wear selections in fine cotton, linen, and wool from Europe’s finest clothiers. Their light-weight Egyptian cotton scarves for men and women are our favorites. If it’s a bespoke suit or jacket you’re looking for, step upstairs for personal service topped off with a cold glass of champagne and a friendly conversation in French or English.
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HÔTEL LA MIRANDE
HÔTEL ET RESTAURANT, AVIGNON
Physical location – 4 Place de l’Amirande, Avignon 84000
Our take: Old World elegance in the shadow of the renowned Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon, La Mirande provides the perfect foil to the bustle of outdoor antique markets and popular boutiques found in Avignon Centre. Once a grand private mansion, the hotel’s restaurant features classic French cuisine and an impeccable wine selection. During off-hours, ask for a tour of the original functioning kitchen preserved within the structure. It’s the perfect escape experience!