Judith Milgrom is the founder and artistic director of one of Citizen Femme’s favourite brands, Maje Paris. She takes her bohemian style inspiration from her Moroccan-French roots, giving us creations that pop with vivid Moroccan colour while oozing French cool. Her designs showcase bold, strong, feminine day wear that can also be fun and flirty for when the evening draws in.
Fashion runs in the blood – Judith being the sister of Evelyne Chetrite, the woman behind the super-chic label, Sandro.
An unashamed people-watcher, Judith always takes note of the movements and manners of female passers-by for the inspiration of her designs. She tells Citizen Femme about her love for Paris, where best to stop for a pick-me-up, her Maje must-haves and what to always pack when the need to travel suddenly comes.
She lives in Paris’ glittering Left Bank, but does business from Maje’s new head office in the very heart of the city, and often find herself in a forgotten arrondissement, hunting out antiquities and influences.
Join us on a insider’s guide through Paris with Judith Milgrom.
When is the best time of year to Paris and why?
Summer in Paris is really nice, there is less traffic, the city is much less crowded and the typical grey sky has switched to a bright blue one.
How would you spend an ideal day in Paris?
Walking in Les Jardins du Luxembourg where nature and city meet, visiting Emmanuel Perrotin’s gallery for an exhibition, searching for vintage furniture at les Puces de Saint Ouen on the weekend, sitting at a café terrace to get inspired by women I can look at.
How has your city influenced your work?
It took me some time to feel Paris was my hometown. I love Paris and I’m deeply attached to the city. I love the architecture, the history and culture, food, its café terrace and of course Parisian women.
Moreover, Paris is part of Maje’s DNA, it inspires me very much. But I’m also inspired by my childhood in Morocco and by travels. Maje has always been and will always be a brand influenced by Paris (where the brand was born) and elsewhere. Moreover, we just moved in our new HQ’s a couple of months ago, close to the Louvre museum and it inspired an exclusive print of a tropicalised Paris in the SS19 collection.
Where do you go to get inspired?
I get inspired by the energy of the street, by women I can look at when I’m seated at a café terrace, I get inspired by the way they walk, the way they move, the way they talk but also by an attitude.
Which is your favourite neighbourhood and why?
I love the neighbourhood of our new HQ’s located in the heart of Paris, 75001, in the heart of Paris, at Louvre Rivoli. I’m surrounded by culture and it’s very inspiring. I feel lucky and blessed to work in such an inspiring environment.
Describe your city in three words…
Beautiful, inspiring, romantic.
What do you need to pack for Paris?
If you don’t have lots of space, priority has to be given to accessories. I’d rather travel lightweight, with just a capsule wardrobe of travel essentials : a little black dress, a bag you can carry from day to night, pair of sneakers, pair of heeled sandals, cashmere sweater, high-waisted straight trousers and a masculine blazer.
Essential beauty item to pack?
I have all my beauty essentials (balm, facial moisturiser…) in a vanity case, ready to be put in my luggage at any time.
Must-have pieces from your own collection?
The leather biker jacket, the long scarf dress, our it bag, the M bag.
Favourite Hotel? Why?
Hôtel Costes. The bar is definitely my favourite here.
I like shopping jewellery at Solange Azagury-Partridge shop at Hôtel Costes. For my eyebrows, I go to a beauty studio that’s close to my apartment called Un Jour, un Regard. Every morning, I take my double espresso at Le Moulin de la Vierge. I like its vintage vibe and if I have a late meeting, I like the ambience of Hotel Costes. On the weekend, I love going to exhibitions at Galerie Hervé Perrotin or looking for vintage furniture at les Puces de Saint Ouen.
Le Duc for fish, Chez Nini for the best couscous and grills in town, it reminds me my childhood in Morocco, Takara for its authentic Japanese food (it’s the oldest Japanese restaurant in Paris and simply the best), Cebus for Italian pasta (the tiniest restaurant of Paris) and Caviar Kaspia for a fun dinner « watered » with vodka.
Sunday Brunch, we go to….
Claus, a mix between old fashion French and English breakfast. I love their Madeleine.
Bar de l’hôtel Costes and Ritz.
Favourite spot for coffee and a croissant?
Le Flore in Saint-Germain des Prés
The only place locals know about??
Le Sentier, the neighbourhood where Maje started, the Paris fashion Mecca for wholesalers, fabrics. I has a lot of energy. I remember when I started, we all knew each other and we also helped each other when starting our businesses. Today it has changed but it still exists.
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