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After a busy month of trade shows, and preparing for them, we are well and truly back in the office....and dare I say it, bracing ourselves for the run up to Christmas! So it seems strange that two weeks ago, we were baking in Paris.....

Every March and October Alex goes off to Paris with our new collections to take part in Premiere Classe, which is an amazing accessories trade show. This time, Alex had handed the job over to Suzy.A and myself, which we were really excited about.....although having done the show once before, I knew what hard work it was......!

But when we arrived the weather was glorious, so we quickly set up our stand, then headed out into the City and off to Le Marais.....

Arriving on Thursday Afternoon.

Attracted by the Swallows on the wall (very Alex Monroe!) we had a quick coffee at Comme A Lisbonne......

Comme A Lisbonne.

Then it was just up the road (Rue du Roi de Sicile) to visit Valentina in her lovely boutique Joy.....

Suzy chats to Valentina....

Valentina takes great pride in creating such cute displays!

We loved how our pieces were displayed on props Valentina had found.

This was a favourite little touch found sitting on the floor!

 

Me and Valentina outside the store.

We really wanted to visit all of our stockists in Paris, but sadly ran out of time......but if you are in Paris you can also find Alex Monroe in Saïki Bijoux and Avril Gau. If we'd had more time, we would have also visited Merci Merci - which is a charity shop with a difference.....they pick a different charity each year which they ask the designers they stock to donate their profits to. We'd heard so many great things about the store and their displays.....

One of Merci Merci's infamous displays.

 

But then it was time for a beer.....

Friday was the first day of the show, so we were up very bright & early!

Busy at the stand.....sharing out our breakfast pastries!!

We had lots of lovely visitors, including some of the gang from HP France in Japan.....

Suzy.A and some of the HP gang!

HP France have been doing very well with our 'Heritage' collection of wedding rings, and Misato told us that lots of couples in Japan decided to get married after the tsunami, including herself, which was very touching. If you're ok with Japanese, you can read Misato's blog here.

The weather was amazing, but it was sooooooo hot in the show! It was lovely to have a break and try and get some air in the Jardins Tuileries, but then very difficult to step back inside the show!

Lunch in the park.

We were also very happy to spend some time with the lovely girls from Laura Lee Jewellery, Dominique and Rea.....

Dominique, Suzy and Rea.

We had especially great fun at the designer's party, which was held on a boat on the Sunday night......

So after all of that, we were pretty tired, but very sad to leave Paris!

Emma x

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