The music of 1940’s opera, the smell of freshest Quiche, the fashion like that of the famed– Welcome to Les Parisiennes!
Pronounced as Lay-pa-ri-zien, it refers to the women who lives in Paris. LP is a warm yet exuberant French place in the midst of South Delhi’s bijou roads of Shahpur Jat. For those who cherish the modest ways of life….
Tour De Les Parisiennes viewers !
LP is a ‘feel good’ french cafe + a vintage chic boudoir. Along with a great story of its inception, LP offers a wide variety of customized vintage women’s wear, a menswear label of their own, household items, French food and the most economical way for you to reach and experience Paris !
Catherine has been living in India for almost 12 years now and Lucie, 5.
Realty where LP is situated is same where Lucie use to stay when she first shifted to India. A small party at her house with few other french guests is how these two French ladies first met and the idea of a concept store bubbled in their minds.
Lucie is an interior designer and a fashion stylist. Catherine has her own fashion buying house and currently working with many french designers.
Believe it or not but its true. LP is build inside a Haveli, constructed way back in the 1920’s-30’s. From a old haveli to a warehouse, workshop for embroiders and much later as Lucie’s house, this building was in a extremely bad, next to ruins state. It was when Lucie convinced the conservative landlords of the haveli and what came to life was this………(no magic, just click the next button! )
Its like a Phoenix rising from its ashes. Of course, the haveli being a house before had its own beautiful features but this goes without saying that the colossal talent like that of Lucie’s can only recreate such a beautiful place.So french yet so in India !
Every piece in the store is so well thought and rightly placed that each piece speaks its own story.
Voilaaa Mademoiselle !
“Every home in France cooks great food and we at LP try to give a feeling like that of home as our dishes are inspired from recipes our mums use to make back home when we were kids. Hence the menu is not to extensive but very french and fresh !’ says Carole Renucci.
They also serve lavazza coffee, juices and tea from Mittal teas, Sunder Nagar.
So came my hot, dense looking quiche with sesame salad on the side. After a few shots of the dish I sat to indulge. MmmmMmmMMmmm…..So fluffyyy, bursting every flavor of bacon, cream ,cheese, egg and thin patty like a fire bud. Salad played a good supporting roll to balance the pungent flavor of the cheese in the quiche. As for the black current tea, the fragrancy was just divine but tasted just like HOT WATER!!! should have tried the juice….
Like Carole mentioned, not long ago, after LP opened in 2011 many (read MANY) new stores opened up in Shahpur Jat. Which called for a map for easy pin point of these brilliant new stores. Initiated by Catherin & Lucie from Les Parisiennes, Olivia from Olivia Dar jewellery, Puneet from Second Floor Studio, Shruti from Lila, Vivita from The wishing Chair and Alecca Carrano this is Shahpur Jat’s very own map and that also in 2nd edition. Colorful, easy with many more landmarks.After all the bites and more chit chats with Carole, we got up for a look around….
Pieces are customized at the workshop which is situated inside the store. Some had wrong sleeve length, an unnecessary collar or some had a over long hem line. After all changes a beautiful french looking apparel is achieved.
For all the time I spent there, except for a few Indian faces, all I could see were foreigners either enjoying a coffee on their own or a group catching up over tea and desserts.