Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Maison Michel, Paris

"Since 1936, the Maison Michel has continued to perfect its art.

Creating hats for the most prestigious studios, it is recognized today for its vast capacity to explore shapes and materials. Laetitia Crahay, Head of accessories and jewellery at CHANEL and Artistic Director of the Maison Michel, has designed since 2006 Ready-to-Wear hats and hair accessories. Fresh and seductive, with a strong identity, and perfectly in the spirit of the times, her creations have already become essentials"... beautiful essentials in my mind...

To achieve a bold, luxurious and memorable look, Chanel went to Base Design, in New York, for the solution. They wanted "to create a new visual identity that would link Maison Michel to Chanel and Paris, and feel traditional and contemporary at the same time." They "chose the hat box as the main communication item. Horizontal stripes of text, always in black and white, include the very Parisian expression, 'Chapeau!" I would love to know your reaction is to these designs and the company!

( photos: Serge Leblon // 01 quote: Maison Michel, 02, 03 quotes: Base Design // images via Base Design // discovered here )


  1. It grabbed my attention for the entirety of the post. Clean and classic look. Love it!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  2. I think it's perfect! They certainly achieved what they set out to do.

  3. Hi Sarah,
    UK is really a beautiful country...I love it.
    Your post from today is a revelation for me,and I love it ,so so lovely and elegant hats.
    Have a lovely evening?( I don't know how time is where you live.I go to bed right now),

  4. Not a big fan of hats (on me, at least) but that hatbox is to die for! Hope your week is going well, Sarah!

  5. These boxes are so contemporary...right on! We see lettering and numbering in almost every product category; even at Brimfield the old letterpress letters and numbers were selling out quickly. I've used them as stamping on Christmas wrapping paper...
    And, I do love that little fur "topper": very cute.

    I keep seeing you on Twitter, and will try to stop by here more often!

  6. These hats are BEAUTIFUL and the boxes are the icing on the cake! I would love one!

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog--I am so sorry that I couldn't meet up with you when you were in LA, but I promise next time you come I will definitely do all I can to meet up! Would love it if we could finally meet up!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. hi Sarah!

    thanks for the link swap...yours is up on my blogroll here :

    these hats are soooo chic...i especially like that white one!


  8. Hi sweetheart! Everything is so gorgeous... Even the boxes are super chic (wouldn't mind having a few empty ones to use for decorating my home :) ) Love the hats very much, especially fedoras (they may have different names, but I am not that good with hat styles...) Thank you for sharing these photos and details. Wishing you a wonderful day! X

  9. Absolutely love the hatboxes, they are so stylish. Thanks for the visit :)

  10. wonderful pics and lovely objects as usual!!
    have a look at

  11. Ohhhhh, those hats! So gorgeous. I have a massive sized head (yep, bigger than most guys), and usually take the biggest size hat you can get. BUT, amazingly, hats really suit me!! I would happily give a home to any of those divine hats, but especially all the ones with brims.

    Linda. :)

  12. Great post as always!!!
    Ciao Roberta

  13. I love hats, I just don't think they look great on me.

  14. how divine! I hope you are having a lovely week!

  15. I personally wish hats would come back into style - I love them. I especially love the white/off-white wool hat you have above and the boxes are fantastic. There is just something about the term "hat box".

    By the way, I'm highlighting one of your comments shared this week on the blog (Double the Luxury) in my newsletter tomorrow. I was also wondering if you'd like to be part of my reader's spotlight. If so, just email me and I'll send you the questions to answer. Your blog will be highlighted as well as your thoughts on luxury.
    Enjoy your day!

  16. Paula -- I hope YOU are having a great week, and are being spoiled with love while you are recovering... and hopefully, fast!

    The Simply Luxurious Life -- that sounds wonderful! Thank you so so much... as far as the newsletter, I would love to take part, and will send you an email soon :)

  17. How ingenious that the box could be as eye-catching and beautiful as the hats they contain? I love all of these images, stunning post!

  18. oh la la! j'adore ces chapeaux!
    have a nice week-end Sarah!
    xoxo, Julie


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