For this edition, discover Paris through the eyes of Valerie Messika. Daughter of a Parisian diamond merchant, businesswoman and glamorous designer, Valerie Messika's ascent, with her eponymous label, is ever increasing. Her aerial creations with exceptional finishes embody a modern vision of French luxury. Parisienne from birth, she shares her love for Paris and the places she holds dear...

What does Paris mean to you?
To me, Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It is a subtle mixture of history and modernity. You can find the French know-how and craftsmanship at any street corner, in the architecture of buildings, in the museums, in the parks. Parisian lifestyle is a prime inspiration in my creations.

What is your best memory of childhood in Paris?
I was born in Paris and have always lived here. For a long time I lived Rue Claire close to the Champ-de-Mars, I loved it, it was like living in a village in the heart of Paris. As a child, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother. I can still see us making cakes, and we walked for hours in the Parc Monceau...It was those memorable moments with her that hallmarked forever my vision of the Parisian woman.

What are your favourite cafés and restaurants in Paris?
I love to dine at the chef Akrame, 19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris. A safe bet to pass an agreeable evening.

How about a person who wants to live the highlights during their stay in Paris?
Rent a Riva to discover Paris from another angle or discover the streets of Paris at night on a motorcycle. The finishing touch: go drink a Cosmo* on the terrace of the Perchoir above the BHV in the 16th arrondissement, followed by a dinner at Île Saint-Louis.

*Cosmo or Cosmopolitan is a vodka-based cocktail.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Discover Valérie Messika's Flagship and Her creations

Address 
Flagship Valérie Messika, 259 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to7.30pm

Access
Metro Concorde