Spotlight on Elise Martimort Paris
Posted on June 17 2019
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit our incredibly talented French stockist, Elise Martimort. Located in one of Paris' most fashionable streets, Elise's atelier on Rue Saint-Honoré opened last year following the success of our her well established Bordeaux showroom.
On entering the atelier, you are immediately struck by the light and spacious feel, attributed to its fifth storey location. 255 St Honoré is shared by four brands- alongside Elise's to-die-for dresses are Lizeron accessories, No Smoking tailored tuxedos for women, and Back to Glam- one of the most innovative bras I've ever seen, designed to wear with the most backless of dresses!
After an afternoon trunk show meeting some gorgeous Elise Martimort and Rachel Simpson brides, we had an evening of shoes, champagne and canapés, meeting well known Parisian bloggers, designers and brands.
We caught up with Elise Martimort before the event to ask her a few questions about her beautiful brand, and the inspiration behind her unique bespoke bridal gowns:
Tell us a little bit about your boutique the style, where you get your inspiration from and what a customer can expect when they visit you?
I imagined the boutique as a women's boudoir. Places with intimacy and privacy, but at the same time with modern and elegant decoration. Every dress is handmade in our atelier with French and Italian natural materials. This is real luxury for us, creating unique dresses for unique women.
Here, every woman can take her time, try all the dresses she wants, drink a cup of tea or a glass of champagne with her friends and family, and everybody can find different kind of accessories- shoes, jewellery, hair accessories, underwear or bride team sweaters.
We also love to invite the designers we work with to introduce their products during trunk shows for our customers, so they can discover the entire collection and meet the designer behind the product.
My inspiration comes from all the women I meet. Each one has her own story, her own desires and they all inspire me. As I taught costume history in another life, I love to get my ideas from history too, and put detailed references from the past and twist them with a touch of modernity in every collection. My muse is an independent and sensual woman who knows who she is and is not afraid to assume her body and her femininity.
Why did you choose to have our brand in your collection?
I love the Rachel Simpson identity. It is at the same time old fashioned and absolutely modern. It is totally in line with my brand and the style of my dresses. I also love the colours and I am deeply in love with bridal shoes with colour and personality. Plus, they can be worn at any other occasion, and they are super comfortable !
What is your favourite shoe in the Rachel Simpson collection and why ?
Hard choice to make, they are all so incredible! But if I had to pick only one, it would be the Isabelle mint. I love the heel and how it fits the feet and makes an amazing leg ! I can’t wait to discover the Zadie too, I’m so in love with gold shoes and flowers !!
I'll be back soon with news of more trips to visit our wonderful stockists!
Photography by T&G studios.