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Great dyers

Go to Raphaëlle for beautiful wool and mohair in gorgeous colours.

Hundreds of buttons sorted in order of style and colour, each more stunning than the next. Often vintage. A beautiful place.
Floor to ceiling buttons.
For colourful gems to jazz up old sweaters. Fill your cupwith dozens of different types of gem
An “institution” where you can find out everything about gems, wool, ribbon, and more.

My cool Paris second-hand stores

Absolute Vintage – Upstairs at the Lez market in Montpellier. This is where I found my lovely, green jacquard dress made from heavy silk.

Follow Alexandra Balzam Vintage on Instagram @alexandrabalzamvintage to hear about the dates of sales in her show room in Porte des Lilas. I found this incredible dress that I used for a photo shoot at Alexandra’s shop, and also these checked trousers and this “post card” shirt:

Valérie Becker: Allée 8 Stand 197. For crazy and colourful necklaces. I love these. They’re joyful, creative and unique.

“Episode – 12-16 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris. You can find anything here, and there’s a great selection – but you won’t necessarily find the big brands or the very special pieces you might find in the boutiques listed above.

Mad Vintage – 46 rue Saint-Denis 75001 Paris – A vintage boutique near Les Halles that has a very 1980s range of clothing. This is where Elsa found her crazy suit. The fabulous Mickey top was one I found on Vinted! “

Ferme aux 4 vents

Audrey and Mathieu are a brother and sister duo. In 2010, they breathed life back into their grandparents’ farm in the Perigord Noir and threw themselves into rearing angora goats. Today they have 250 angora goats and recently added a few Lowline cows.

Mathieu grows his own feed, breeds goats, and shears and sorts the mohair while Audrey is in charge of having it washed, conbed and dyed in Italy. They manage and supervise the entire process to provide outstandingly soft and high quality yarns. They sell balls of wool and hand knitted hats at the farm, which is often open to visitors.

My Margot waistcoat is made from the famous “pure mohair” from the Mohair aux 4 vents Farm and we are very proud of Audrey and Mathieu!

I wanted to use this audio recording to give them the opportunity to talk about their work as goat farmers and their life on Ferme des 4 Vents. We had lunch together after the interview, and I asked Mathieu about Australian farming, the Mulesing, parasites… I was so sorry that his answers weren’t in the recording that I’m posting some of them here for you:

“It is wrong to assume that animals are treated better in small holdings. There are no rules and sometimes, because of a lack of resources or professionalism, small holdings are far from exemplary.Large farms are often falsely maligned.”

“It’s worth remembering that breeders have a vested interest in treating their animals well. An animal has to be well nourished and happy to get a fine, soft and high quality wool.”

“Animals are no different than humans: some stand out and are extraordinary. That’s just nature. Merino sheep are natural. Although breeders have optimised the breed through selection, when it comes down to it, merino sheep are found in nature. It’s the same with our goats. We pick the best animals for breeding but that doesn’t mean our angora goats are any less “natural” than the goats that have existed since time immemorial”.

Behind the scenes at our photo shoot

Mission impossible: finding a flowery meadow in mid July after three scorching days! Go, Instagram! Emilie finds a picture of the field of our dreams on a nature-lover’s account. Two days later, here we are, off the beaten track on the Ile de France for our photo shoot and a lovely picnic.