Saturday, August 29, 2009


Paris is my idea of paradise. Millions of beautiful well dressed women, hundreds of boutiques that look like they were made especially for me, and of course macaroons at Laduree, which are by their selves worth the trip.
I lived in Paris for a few months after the army, so for me this vacation is more about visiting my favorite places, rather than seeing the more touristy sides of Paris.I photographed a few of my recommendations along with some really nice window displays.

Tchelet Laduree Paris Laduree Cake Paris

Laduree cakes Paris

Laduree patisserie Paris

So, as I mentioned earlier, I am a "Laudree" addict. Their patisserie, which was built sometime in the nineteenth century, specializes in anything colorful, sugary and sweet. Besides being one of the most beautiful and ancient patisseries around, Laduree is also one of the rare patisseries in Paris where you can actually seat and have a pastry along with your coffee.

Madeleine Gely Umbrella Store, Paris
Madeleine Gely Umbrellas

Considering that I don’t live in a country known for its rainy climate, you wouldn’t think I’d have such an affinity for umbrellas. Yet, without me even realizing it, I seem to have built up quite a collection. That is why the "Madeleine Gely" shop is my ideal place to spend a magical hour or two.
The boutique, located on Boulevard St. Germain, was founded in 1834 and is the "it" place for umbrellas, parasols, and walking sticks. Needless to say, this is not your every day 'stick it in your bag umbrella' either. In the store there are umbrellas of every size, color, and rain-proof fabric you can think of.

Didier Ludot vintage store ParisDidier Ludot vintage store Paris

Gabrielle Geppert vintage store Paris

Besides being one of my favorite places in Paris, Palais Royal is also home to the most prestigious and wonderful vintage stores in Paris: Didier Ludot and Gabrielle Geppert.
If you are already in the area, you just have to see the Medlen Vionet exposition in "Le Musée des Arts décoratifs " -it is the most inspiring show I have seen in years!

Clignancourt Vintage Store

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Tchelet Clignancourt market

Clignancourt market window display
Clignancourt market window display

Clignancourt market butterfflies
The flea market of Clignancourt is an absolute must see when you are in Paris. Whether you're looking for antique lace like I am, vintage clothing, or even fabulous furniture, Klinkort is the place for you. Don’t waste any of your time on the regular market at the beginning of the street, just pass through it until you start seeing the antique stores. Believe me; you will know you have found it when you will be surrounded by gorgeous nostalgic stuff.

Chanel window display Paris

Chantal Thomas window display Paris

Window display ParisWindow display Paris

Tchelet Paris

Monday, August 24, 2009


Big beautiful Moscow is packed with stores, just not the kind I like. You can easily find known designer labels or big commercial chain stores, however, small, intimate boutiques or a good vintage store are things I really had to look for.
But I'm not known for giving up easily…so here is some of Moscow's hidden fashion gems that you can't afford to miss…

Vintage-X is a small store packed with exciting items. Everywhere you look there is an old treasure hiding… In this store I mostly liked the jewelry and the unique accessories, such as 1950's veiled hats and 1960's umbrellas…

Vintage X Vintage veil hat

Winzavod is a must place for all of you that love contemporary art and want to see its Russian point of view. Winzavod is a complex of 7 buildings that host art galleries and design stores. On weekends and other occasions different events are taking place in the complex, like the vintage market I visited at.

Here is some of the Winzavod spaces I visited at…

Cara & Co
A concept store that is often compared to stores like Collette in Paris or Dover Street Market in London. In the store you can find niche labels like Akira Isogawa and Claire Tough, as well as accessories by Tzuri Gueta and even Barbies from the 50’-60’.

Cara & Co Pink dressCara & Co Gold leather hat

Cara & Co

Photo exhibition by Irina Polin in the "Pobeda" Winzavod gallery

Irina Polin
Iria Polin

Irina Polin Winzavod
Irina Polin Pobeda
Irina Polin Winzavod

Olga Soldatova accessories boutique
In most of her designs Olga uses bead embroidery technique to create Russian- communist symbols on brooches, ties, bags, etc.
In her boutique Olga hosts other intriguing young Russian designers.

Olga Soldatova bead tie
Olga Soldatova bead clock

Olga Soldatova airplane bead brooch

Well, that is just me on the Red Square…

Nina Red Square
Miss Selfridge blouse

Blouse- Miss Selfridge
Jeans- Abercrombie & Fitch
Necklace- Nina's design
Bag- H&M
Shoes- New Look

Big thanks to Yael Katzavoy for editing XXX

Sunday, August 16, 2009


So as luck would have it we both had managed to escape the heat at the same time and go over seas to-Moscow and Paris.. Looks like Karl Lagerfeld had the same idea we had, since he called his Pre-Fall 2009 collection Paris-Moscow. Lagerfeld drew his inspiration from the Coco Chanel fascination with everything Russian, from her enormous babushkas collection, to the clothes and even the men (rumor has it that Coco had a secret love affair with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich). In his collection Karl combined elements from each individual culture, exactly what we are going to do with all our purchases.
More stories in the future posts…

Chanel Pre-Fall 2009 collection Paris-Moscow

Chanel kokoshnik headpiece

Konstantin Makovsky

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hail to the press

This is a good week for Braids and Bows, our work got published at the same day!
Nina at "Leisha" magazine, and Tchelet in "Walla" fashion.
This is just a first glimpse at what we are doing, we promise to post about it soon…

Embroidered leather necklace by Nina

Thanks to Sima Shoshan

Pleated dress by Tchelet Feldman
Light blue skirt by Tchelet Feldman

Thanks to Yael Livne and Roni Knaani

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Chambers of dreams

Tom Chambers, dream like photographs are visual representation of the artists inner world and illusions. His works tend to step on a fine line between fantasy and horror, as they play on childhood and fairy tale images that in someway go terribly wrong.

Prom dress by Tom Chambers
Prom dress by Tom Chambers
With the pack by Tom Chambers
Spring's Landfall by Tom Chambers
Foggy River by Tom Chanbers

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Simply Scarlett

The first time I saw the beautiful Scarlett Johansson was in the movie "Ghost World", back then she was this indie girl, that just immediately won me over. But Hollywood does what it does, and Scarlett adopted more of a glamorous quality and became a true Hollywood starlet. We could see it in films like "The Black Dahlia" and "The Other Boleyn Girl", as well as in the "Louis Vuitton" ad, and the most recent "Mango" ads.
Just the other day I was looking at the talented Rachel Antonoff 2009 Spring/Summer collection, and to my great surprise I noticed this pretty girl, in a sunny floral dress that looked so familiar…I have to say that I have been missing this Scarlett…

Scarlett Johansson Rachel AntonoffScarlett Johansson Rachel Antonoff 2009
Scarlett Johansson floral dressScarlett Johansson model
Scarlett Johansson sun dressScarlett Johansson models

Here is some more of Scarlett…

Scarlett Johansson silent movie