Because honestly, who doesn’t want to be a french babe ?
Stylish sisters Emma and Kate have brought a certain je ne sais quoi to Auckland with the opening of their concept store Maman. These gorgeous girls, with a background in art directing and fashion buying respectively, were inspired by the unstudied elegance and mystique of French women.
Here the girls share their top five picks for achieving effortless Parisian chic.
Emma: I am in LOVE with this A line skirt which channels a retro aesthetic. Alexa describes her dream wardrobe as ‘hailing from the 1960’s and 70s’. Nothing says this like a buttoned through midi-skirt. Style it with a chunky knit or lux cotton T-shirt, unbuttoning the lower two buttons for a relaxed look. Alexa Chung – Cool Denim Skirt for AG Denim RRP $440.00.
This lace- up blouse by Equipment made a come back after the likes of Kate Bosworth, Pandora Skyes and Leandra Medine were seen wearing it. Subtle and sexy –it’s the ultimate versatile wardrobe piece. Equipment White Knox Shirt RRP $411.00.
Comfortable and effortlessly chic. The vintage French tennis shoe has been around since 1936. They look fabulous with shorts, jeans and dresses. A summer staple. Spring Court White Tennis Shoe RRP $175.00
Limited edition style of hand loomed hand towels from Ottoloom.I love that they are 100% certified organic and ethically sound. Lush and generously sized, I can’t get enough of the textural goodness and the blue, grey tones. I have them in my bathroom. Matching towel sets in store too! Ottoloom Majorca Hand Loomed Hand towel $79.00
I’m obsessed with Masion Balzac candles; each scent in the boutique range is unique and fresh. L’Eglise – a vanilla based fragrance, is my favourite. L’Eglise, vanilla scented candle by Masion Balzac $52.00.
Kate: . I love the Iconic Alexa Chung ‘Selfie T’ RRP $220.00 – not only is AG Denim uber-cool on its own but they teamed up with IT girl Alexa Chung to produce this fab tee which is made of beautiful cotton and the fit is just the way I like it, loose but still very stylish.Alexa Chung Selfie T- $220.00
On-trend alternative to jeans that are comfortable worn either with trainers of heels for a day to night look – the khaki colour works as a neutral too. The J-Brand Ginger Cargo pant in ‘Jungle’ RRP $393.00
Just the right amount of distressing to make this look like an old favourite…and the lighter wash is ideal as we head into Spring weather…I’ll be wearing this lots this season over dresses and denim on denim look! Paige Denim Jacket RRP $399.00
The Meandher Lulu Brogue in Navy Suede with gold tongue is my dream shoe. Made in Italy out of butter soft leather, they are not only super stylish but very comfortable. They look great with pants, cropped jeans and teamed with a cute printed dress – LOVE. Meandher Navy and Copper Brogues RRP $520.00.
My current obsession is the Exord Rose scent by Van Cleef & Arpels in the Extroadinaire collection we carry at Maman. Each scent has a base of just the one note, which means it stays fluid throughout the day – it is feminine and soft – and I feel happy when I am wearing it. Exord Rose scent by Van Cleef & Arpels 75mls RRP $230.00.
They stock exclusive international clothing brands, incredible (and affordable) art and beautiful homewares, perfumes and other lifestyle items. They also treat you to an espresso, or mineral water and personal styling advice while you’re there.
The boutique is located at 2a Clonbern Lane, in Remuera with an e-commerce site currently in development so that you can get your fix from further afield.