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A Flâneur in Paris – part one

img_0538During our week in Paris I did not do anything specifically Sebaldian except to walk for hours every day.  I did, however, run across a women’s clothing store called Vertigo on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré (8th).


img_0537We tried to see the auction preview of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent, but the seemingly unmoving line of people stretched for blocks.  So I settled for a visit to Yohji Yamamoto’s store at 4, rue Cambon, which I consider a kind of museum dedicated to rethinking what beautiful means in clothing.


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One of the treats of shopping in Paris is to encounter the dogs (mostly) and cats (rarely) that roam their owners’ stores.  The one cat pictured below occupies a central chair in the middle of the wonderful bookstore Librairie Henri Vignes at 57 rue St. Jacques (5th) where I looked at their first editions of Andre Breton.

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