Founded by Quentin Couturier, Xavier Aguera and Charles Brun. IZIPIZI is a Paris-based eyewear brand that has caught the attention of famous faces from Gwyneth Paltrow to Sarah Jessica Parker, Eva Longoria to Mark Ruffalo and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, among a slew of others.
The appeal is not just the stylish frames and instantly cool-meets-intellectual look that comes with donning a pair, but the assortment IZIPIZI offers for adults and kids. These specs are specifically designed for Reading, Sun, Mountains (maximum UV protection) and Screens. So you can grab a pair custom to your needs for skiing, surfing or reading your electronic device on a long flight.
At prices starting between $40-50, the brand has opened four boutiques in Paris from Gare de Lyon to Rue de Buci, plus others in Lyon, France; Carnaby Street in London and Brussels, along with collaborations with other top brands and iconic stores such as Evian, Bonpoint, Merci, Le Bon Marche and MoMA, among others.
We spoke to co-founder Quentin Couturier about where they find inspiration for the designs and his favorite shopping cities, including Paris.
Shopping always begins with a sports session to be ready for a real retail marathon in the city of light. From there it’s all about randomly exploring the streets of Paris and finding oneself at a place like Merci, for home goods as they really excel at updating their selections-themes on a regular basis, and with colette closed now, everyone goes there.
For lunch I recommend a fantastic restaurant, Les Amis de Messina in the second arrondissement. Everything on the menu is always delicious. In Summer their Italian ice creams are such a perfect end to a lunch with family and friends, but now as we head in Winter, I expect we’ll be indulging in any of their pizza or pasta dishes on the menu. The Focaccia Farcie and the Pasta alla Norma are both so good, if you close your eyes, you might even believe you’re in Italy.
Importantly we need safe and practical luggage so we all can’t go past Rimowa. For all of the essential apparel basics we go to Uniqlo. And we never leave home without a swimsuit from the excellent French brand, Cuisse de Grenouilles.
An iPad because they’re like our little travel buddies that help us follow the news, watch films, read e-books, take photos and more.
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