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First Jeanuine Ride : Paris, France

How I discovered Jeanuine custom jeans while traveling Paris

Paris, the ‘city of light’ and the fashion capital of the world. As a guy who lives in jeans, that didn’t mean a lot to me – until a recent visit. Let me tell you about my visit to Paris.

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A Chance Meeting

I was enjoying a chilled glass of Veuve Cliquot champagne in La Grande Dame, the Hotel Sezz bar, when I met Pierre. He looked to be in his early 30s, like me, and was flicking through a book I liked.

‘Good book,’ I remarked.

‘Oui’ he replied, ‘I like this author’. His accent was unmistakably Parisian and his dress sense certainly lived up to the ‘fashion capital’ tag. ‘I like your jeans’ I said.

‘They’re Jeanuine. I designed them myself’ he replied.

‘Really?’ I asked, raising my eyebrows.

‘Yes, it’s a new company, Jeanine custom jeans. You choose the color, style and cut you prefer. They’re very popular in Paris.’

An American in Paris

I chose jeans and a checkered shirt for my trip to the Eiffel Tower, which is conveniently close to Hotel Sezz. I wasn’t planning to be there for too long, I just wanted to see the Place du Champ de Mars from the glass floor on the first level and of course the famous view from the top. I noticed that a French guy in charge of a group of kids was wearing some familiar looking denim. As she stood back, I asked ‘Are those Jeanuine?’

‘Ah, Oui,’ she replied, ‘You know Jeanuine?’

‘Oui.’ I said, thinking that I really must get some.

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Le Marais

There’s nowhere quite like the Marais district for people watching. I settled on one of the outdoor benches at Fondation, a terrific coffee shop at 16 rue Dupetit Thouars where they use beans from Belleville to create the perfect espresso. I noticed that my jeans rode up when I sat down, something that didn’t appear to be happening to others in Paris. I smoothed the seams and grimaced, thinking I may need a pair of Jeanuine custom jeans earlier than expected!

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Onward and Up

Montmartre is the highest point in Paris and where you’ll find the iconic Basilica of Sacre Coeur, the capital’s only vineyard and lots of street artists. I decided to climb the steps up the Butte de Montmartre and spotted so many people in jeans that looked familiar. Later, after a wander past la Moulin Rouge at the foot of the Butte, I began to make my way back to my Passy hotel. On the way I stopped for pizza at the trattoria attached to trendy cocktail bar, Danico in the historic 2nd arrondissement Galleries Vivienne. Again, I noticed people in the streets of Paris in jeans by Jeanuine. I’m definitely getting my own Jeanuine custom jeans before leaving!