I was having a pretty hard time trying to decide on the designs for Mais Oui Vintage. I looked all around for inspiration, and finally came up with this design; clean and very simple but with that old fashioned thing going on.
Although we do have stamp makers in the Netherlands, the ones I contacted seemed to either not understand my needs, or only be interested in working for big companies producing more than 10 stamps at once for them. That is not what I want! So… back to the drawing board, back to Etsy, where I had been very lucky in the past.
When designing the wedding invites for a couple, I came up with the idea to have a custom stamp made for them that we could use on the invites, but also later on thank you cards. I designed the stamp and ordered it from a designer on Etsy, who understood exactly what I wanted. It looks lovely, with it’s wooden handle en rubber stamp on the bottom.
San from Hawaii seemed happy once again to make my stamp and it arrived last week. I had real simple cards printed and spent an afternoon stamping away at the kitchen table.
It gives the business cards and envelopes that vintage feel, I think.
Finally we made it over to Paris for a long weekend of lights, Christmas inspired shopping and exploring. But most of all, to shoot a small movie explaining what this ‘French Vintage photography-thing’ is all about.
The first days where spent looking for all the right places, comparing them to the story board I had made at home. Day four was spent filming with my Canon 5D MKII. We started the story at the famous Tour d’ Eiffel, continued on to the Pont d’ Amour – actually called Pont des Artes, but because of all the engraved padlocks locked to the brigde by lovers, it is now fondly known as Pont d’ Amour -, passed by some cafe’s on the way to warm up, climbed up Montmartre on high heels and ended the story at the Moulin Rouge.
Because there are so many second hand shops in Paris, we didn’t have any trouble at all finding the right clothing to fit the ‘look’, 50’s inspired Paris. The very best shop we came across was The Kilo Shop in the Marais, a shop containing not one, but two floors of every vintage item you could ever want! All you do is sort out what you might want, weigh it at the scales and pay. Great concept! Another great shop is Chez Chiffons that stocks everything from hats and shoes, to coats and dresses.
Le Marais, Paris’ gay headquarters, is my personal favorite when it comes down to fashion – which, trust me, it always does when in Paris – and the food, mostly Jewish falafel is exquisite! We stayed in a tiny apartment in Montparnasse, found on AirBNB, which catered to our every needs.
Now the obvious thing to do, is get down to some serious editing, music searching and get the thing online! To be continued…