Super Marché: An Online Shop for French Vintage

12 December 2017
Super Marché by SFGirl by Bay

Few French things inspire awe in foreigners like its many culinary gifts, its fashion designers and its great thinkers, save for perhaps its home goods. Every out-of-town visitor I’ve ever hosted has wanted to pick up vintage table linens, antique dishware and cutlery, and especially armchairs, China hutches, weathered mirrors and other decorative pieces that they wouldn’t be able to find at home. Fortunately for those who can’t make it to France but want to integrate French lifestyle touches into their own homes, there is Super Marché, a new project and online shop from Victoria Smith, bestselling author and creator of the popular blog SF Girl by Bay.  As she explains it, she’s long been a flea market fan and often peruses the markets near her home in the Bay Area on the weekend. “My mom used to have an antique store so I guess my love of vintage treasures is kind of in my genes!” she told me. The collection currently available on Super Marché is the result of a massive shopping trip to France with her friend Laurie Furber of Elsie Green. They teamed up to curate a selection of items specifically with Victoria’s readers in mind and […]…

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The Many Ways to Wear Scarves (like the French)

2 March 2015

I met New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly in Paris nearly six years ago on one of her many trips to Paris. I had long admired her work, both in magazines and online where she regularly shares snippets of her deft creative hand, and was so pleased to share a drink with her and chat about artistic cultures. Her work has sent her all over the world to speak but France in particular has been an open-arms creative home away from home. As we saw in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France is a country that embraces the illustrated arts and cartoons with a political bent so her work nestles in perfectly. Since we’re heading into Paris Fashion Week, I thought it was fitting to share one of Liza’s recent cultural commentaries that gave me a great laugh. In discussing the spark for this cartoon, Liza told me “it was inspired by French women who know how to wear scarves in SO many ways! And they do it beautifully, not like this cartoon depicts, of course. Whenever I go to Paris, I always feel like I must look so American, even though I try to up my style just a […]…

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