⪧ We left our life in New York City to make a new one in Provence ⪦

September 2, 2009

Gambler. Tailor Made.

European boys allure. You see, their pants fit. Literally. From top to bottom. (Granted, like hipsters in Bedford-Stuyvesant, sometimes a bit too much). When I first encountered Xavier this was one of the things that stuck out, apart from his slight-but-oh-so-charming accent and his pink tie. In fact, the image of him walking down the streets in New York, with his long-handled umbrella, was not unlike the profile of John Steed - minus the bowler. These days, he does less walking and more zooming and darting, but looks dashing nonetheless.

When we came to Paris I uncovered his fashion bonanza. He has his suits tailor-made. A lot of guys parade into Hugo Boss and walk out thinking they've bought fashion. Little do they know that they can have a suit made for their body, choose the fabrics, the thread count and look like gold - à la parisienne. Comparable cost.

Last night we were in Gambler - the place where all of this is made possible in Paris. 4, rue de l'Arcade - in the shadow of La Madeleine. The owner, Didier Azoulay, is such a dude. He talks and measures with his hands. He makes 10,000 suits a year. He tailors "demi-mesure" suits, as opposed to "sur-mesure" ones, which means that he does not measure every inch of you, just half. (Still luxurious, but roughly half the price). He takes only three weeks of vacation (heresy in France), but claims that he gets bored and misses his shop too much when he is away. He drives an Aston Martin. All of this, I swear, only in Paris. It is worth going in to have a chat. And to be properly measured.


Jill said...

Please tell me Xavier is having a suit made for him out of that red seersucker. That would be hot!

Rosie said...

Xavier could probably look great in anything! But I have to say that his charm goes way beyond his great looking suits!

Anne said...

So how much?

Emilie said...

that's just the lining jill ;)

that is for sure mom.

around 450 euros anne.

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear the story of how you two met! ... pretty please? :)

Clocks said...

" He takes only three weeks of vacation (heresy in France)".

Indeed ; we usually drink champagne out of fountains ; also, all women wear Chanel and even in the poorest suburbs, everybody eats "foie gras" all day long.

(FYI, many people do not have 3 weeks of vacation in France. Welcome to the real world).

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